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Dimitrenko to let his fists do the talking

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/07/2016 Angelo Risso

Alexander Dimitrenko © Reuters Alexander Dimitrenko Towering boxer Alexander Dimitrenko won't be getting himself into a slanging match with Joseph Parker.

He'll be doing his talking in the ring.

The 34-year-old Ukrainian, holding an impressive 38-2 record, arrived in New Zealand on Wednesday morning ahead of his October 1 fight with Parker.

He intends to use his 201cm frame to his advantage in Manukau.

"I have a certain amount of understanding and a picture in my head on how the fight is going to go," Dimitrenko told reporters through a translator.

"I'm going to use (my height) to the best of my ability.

"I will let my fists do the talking."

The 193cm Parker was unruffled by Dimitrenko's threat.

"It doesn't phase me," Parker said in response.

"I know if I put in the work and train hard, I'll beat anyone in the world."

The 24-year-old heavyweight places his status as the IBF mandatory No.1 challenger on the line by fighting Dimitrenko.

But the south Aucklander said on Tuesday that the prospect of a title bout with Englishman Anthony Joshua will be on the backburner until Dimitrenko is dispatched.

"Even though there's something in the back of our heads, Joshua, you still have to stay focused on what's in front of you," Parker said.

Parker thrashed former NRL star Solomon Haumono in four rounds last Thursday, knocking the 40-year-old out in Christchurch with a crisp upper-cut.

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