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Dimitrenko out to ruin Parker's title shot

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/09/2016 Angelo Risso

Almost 18,000km separates Auckland and boxer Alexander Dimitrenko's hometown of Hamburg, Germany.

Yet for the towering Ukrainian, the ring is always the same - whether in New Zealand, in Germany or on the moon.

The 34-year-old heavyweight, who stands at 201cm, arrived in the City of Sails last week for his October 1 bout with local hero Joseph Parker.

However he was unruffled by the prospect of a parochial Manukau home crowd.

Dimitrenko said preparation for his second bout of 2016 had been encouraging, and felt confident he would claim victory.

"It's the same, because I have to do my work," Dimitrenko said.

"I feel good and I'm looking forward to winning this fight."

Dimitrenko will go into the bout with an impressive 38-2 record, including 24 knockouts and six victories on the trot.

He also has a 8cm height advantage and 18cm reach advantage over the 24-year-old Parker, who coasted through his last bout against ex-NRL star Solomon Haumono.

The nimble south Aucklander, who stands at 193cm, is using the fight against Dimitrenko as a springboard for an eventual title bout with 198cm British world champion Anthony Joshua.

Dimitrenko felt he had nothing to lose against Parker, and will pinch Parker's status as automatic challenger to Joshua with a victory.

He had earlier told German reporters Parker was not ready for the world title and undeservedly beat Cameroonian Carlos Takam in May.

However he wouldn't be letting his guard down against a fresh Parker, who goes into the bout with all the pressure on his shoulders.

Utilising his height advantage would be key.

"In the heavyweight division, it's one punch and a knockout," Dimitrenko said.

"You have to be careful and not fall asleep."

Parker's promoter Dean Lonergan warned Parker and trainer Kevin Barry would have to keep all of their attention on the fight in front of them.

Any thought of a November bout against Englishman David Price or Joshua would be banished until victory against Dimitrenko is secured.

"The second they start looking ahead, that's when we won't get that far," Lonergan said.

"Let's not forget this guy's had 40 fights for 38 wins, he's had some world class talent and he's incredibly durable."

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