Parker/Leapai, June 29th
Joseph Parker will face Alex Leapai next

Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (25-2 19 KOs) will face Alex Leapai (32-7-4 26 KOs) on his return to action at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday June 29 live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK. Parker fights for the first time under the Matchroom Boxing USA banner and national pride will be at stake as Leapai is a Samoan-Australian who spent part of his childhood in New Zealand.

“Over the past six years of being a professional this is the first time that I’ve come into camp at a good weight,” said Parker. “I’m enjoying camp more as a result I think, because we’re working more on skills and technique rather than focusing on losing weight. I feel faster, I feel everything is clicking, less injuries and everything is on track.

“With each opponent you see what their style brings and you adjust accordingly what you will do in the ring, there’s a lot that I am doing that I am excited about, like making angels and throwing different combinations, and I’m just looking forward to putting it on display on June 29.

“A stoppage would be nice, that’s the goal going into every fight. I just have to change up the mind set to not only go in there and win, but go in and KO someone and make a statement. This is my first fight with Matchroom Boxing USA and DAZN so I want to make that statement, there’s no pressure but I do have to go out there and look good.

“I would love to avenge the losses that I have had against Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte. I’ll fight them tomorrow. But Dillian is trying to fight for the WBC title so respect to him for that, but if the opportunity came along I would love that fight again.”

“I am the Samoan Andy Ruiz – the guy everyone writes off,” said Leapai. “This will be the second massive upset this year because Parker is getting sparked. Then I’m going to take Andy’s Snickers off him!”

Parker’s clash with Leapai is part of a night of World championship action in Rhode Island as unbeaten hometown favorite Demetrius Andrade defends his WBO Middleweight strap against Poland’s Maciej Sulecki, unbeaten Briton Kal Yafai puts his WBA Super-Flyweight title against mandatory challenger Norbelto Jimenez.
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Late replacement

Could be worse
From a brother vs brother perspective this could be interesting for a few rounds. Leapai will be game, and JP will want to get a good KO.

But I can't see it going past 4 rounds.
I was hoping he'd fight someone like Trevor Bryan, who's ranked #1 and hasn't fought in almost a year.  Guess he doesn't want to come off his lofty perch.  He's also American.
No one ranked higher than JP is an option- even the top 10-15 will be hard to get. A lot of fighters will see themselves as the next poss Ruiz so won't want to risk ranking.
I predict after this fight JP will take on someone just outside 10-15. Poss winner of Chisora v Gashi ballpark type. I would hope EH has a biggy lined up for fight 3?? Poss title challenge or elimination...
A lot of what happens now is based around AJ - Ruiz rematch and if belts end up being stripped etc
Yep - belts being stripped and Org's manoevering behind the scenes - these could have a HUGE bearing.
(06-19-2019, 12:42 PM)diehard Wrote: I was hoping he'd fight someone like Trevor Bryan, who's ranked #1 and hasn't fought in almost a year.  Guess he doesn't want to come off his lofty perch.  He's also American.

3 fights for Trev since July 2016, 2 against guys with a combined record of 4 wins 44 losses, and the other against 40 year old Cruiser BJ Flores. How is he ranked at all? Just shows how much boxing is about avoiding the big guns, get the right promoter, and wait for your big shot.

Alex Leapai meanwhile has fought 3 times since May 2015, and fought Boxrec ranked 582 Thomas Peato and 43 year old Roger Izonritei (ranked 412 - twice)

Hard to get someone on 2 weeks notice though.

I agree that JP should wait until the dust settles a bit and see which belts shake loose. It's how he got the WBO..

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