Brian 'The Beast' Minto ready for 'anything'
Can the experienced and extremely personable Brian 'The Beast' Minto beat Kiwi young gun Joseph Parker?
This week I was fortunate enough to have a chat with Minto, and he gave me a great insight into his boxing career.
Minto will fight Parker on July 5 at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau.
The 39-year-old American, from Butler, Pennsylvania, has a 39-win (with 25 KOs) and seven-loss record.
He started boxing when he was 28. Before that he worked in construction. His first job was working as a cable television lineman before he joined the Labourers' Union and carried bricks and blocks for a living.
Minto states that on his return to amateur fighting, he was offered a professional fight, which he did for some extra Christmas cash. Minto won this bout by knockout and received $400 for his efforts.
He has since fought experienced fighters such as Mike Sheppard, Galen Brown, Donnell Holmes and Andy Sample, all of whom he has beaten, cementing his career in the sport of heavyweight boxing.
Minto comes into this fight six months after his controversial, but convincing, victory over New Zealand journeyman Shane "Mountain Warrior" Cameron.
During the pre-buildup to this fight, some media outlets have described Minto as a dirty fighter, to which he responds openly, stating that everyone has him marketed as a dirty fighter, but if you looked at his boxing record, you would see how many points he has had deducted across all his fights and know the real story. Even though Minto has had points taken off him in two of his 46 fights, he certainly doesn't hold a candle to Mike Tyson, who bit the ear off Evander Holyfield in their 1997 title fight.
Minto knows he will have to use his wealth of experience against Parker, as "anything may happen".
He said his preparation for this fight had been good, under the tutelage of top New Zealand personal trainer Sean Hughes. He had been working out two to three times a day, and felt his footwork had tremendously improved in preparing for this fight.
Minto has also been able to secure experienced Kiwi boxing trainer Chris Martin to his corner.
Martin has worked with many of New Zealand's finest boxers including David Tua, Danielle Smith, as well as helping train Parker for his very first fight.