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Resolute Parker ready for Haumono

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/07/2016

The Kiwi is expecting Haumono to bring plenty of power to the contest. © Getty Images The Kiwi is expecting Haumono to bring plenty of power to the contest. New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker is resolute in his resolve not to get distracted ahead of Thursday's bout against Australian Solomon Haumono in Christchurch.

Parker is the mandatory contender for the IBF world title currently held by Englishman Anthony Joshua, but first needs to account for former NRL star Haumono.

The 24-year-old Kiwi is odds-on favourite to beat Haumono, who is ranked No.11 by the WBA.

But Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) is adamant his focus is centred solely on Haumono (24-2-2, 21 KOs), and he's not about to take the 40-year-old lightly.

"There's a lot of talk about Anthony Joshua, but my 100 per cent focus is on Haumono," Parker told NZ Newswire.

"You can't really look ahead until you beat what's in front of you."

Parker says Haumono's approach to the fight has impressed, including his decision to shift his training camp to Los Angeles where he's been working with Manny Pacquiao's conditioning trainer, Australian Justin Fortune.

The Kiwi is expecting Haumono to bring plenty of power to the contest, and has been working hard on his defence and movement to combat that strength.

"He's a fighter who, when he comes forward, puts on pressure and when he throws his punches, he throws them with that intention.

"He's the type of fighter that if you let your guard down, if you ever shy away from focusing 100 per cent, he'll get you."

Haumono is well aware of the challenge ahead of him, but his confidence is running high.

"I've been working very, very hard, in conditioning and strength and sparring," he told NZ Newswire.

"Everything's been at a very high level, and that's what's needed for Joseph Parker.

"I'll come with everything prepared to expect anything and everything. I can't be any better than what I am."

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