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Parker won't mention Joshua's name

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/07/2016
Joseph Parker © Getty Images Joseph Parker

Unbeaten heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker has vowed not to mention IBF world champion Anthony Joshua's name until after his next fight.

The 24-year-old Aucklander steps into the ring against Australian Sonny Haumono in Christchurch on July 21 and defeat to the former NRL player would derail his hopes of challenging for Joshua's title.

"My full focus is on Sonny Haumono at the moment," Parker said.

"He is the person in front of me.

"I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't mention his [Joshua's] name until I finished with the Haumono fight, so I won't talk about it until after my next fight."

Parker's win over France-based Cameroonian Carlos Takam by unanimous decision in Auckland in May took his record to 19-0.

It made him the IBF's mandatory challenger, giving him a shot at the title, although a date for that has yet to be set.

Briton Joshua, 26, is also unbeaten, and since winning the IBF crown from Charles Martin has made a voluntary defence against another American, Dominic Breazeale, to go to 17-0.

While Parker will be the heavy favourite to beat Haumono, he is talking up his 40-year-old opponent, who has 21 knock-outs among his 24 wins, along with two draws and two losses.

"I think Haumono is going to present a lot of power," he said.

"He's going to bring the pressure and he's actually put in the work. He's definitely taking this fight seriously."

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