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Boxer Parker tips power from Haumono

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/07/2016 Adrian Warren
A file image of Solomon Haumono © Getty Images A file image of Solomon Haumono

New Zealand's No.1 heavyweight world title contender Joseph Parker expects Australian opponent Solomon Haumono to bring power and pressure to their boxing bout in Christchurch next week.

Parker is the mandatory contender for the IBF world title currently held by another unbeaten professional, England's Anthony Joshua.

Sydneysider and former NRL star Haumono is rated 11th by the rival WBA.

Parker is impressed by Haumono's approach to the fight, which has included him preparing in the United States.

"I think Haumono is going to present a lot of power, he's going to bring the pressure," said Parker, looking ahead to the fight on July 21.

"He's actually put in the work. He's moved to LA with his training camp, he's training with (multi-world title winner) Manny Pacquiao's conditioning trainer (Australian Justin Fortune), so he's definitely taking this fight very seriously."

So is Parker, who is refusing to look past Haumono to the extent he won't even mention Joshua by name.

"My full focus is on Solomon Haumono at the moment - he's the person in front of me," Parker said.

"I've made a promise to myself I wouldn't mention his (Joshua's) name till I've finished with the Haumono fight."

Parker is adamant he won't be troubled by any lingering injury issues going into the fight with Haumono at Horncastle Arena.

"My elbows and shoulders, I think we've done all we can to get them in good shape, so I believe on fight night it should be no problem," Parker said.

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