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Joseph Parker v Anthony Joshua better for world title, says trainer

Phil Jay 07/01/2016
Joseph Parker Anthony Joshua

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A massive clash of two heavyweight up and comers is better left simmering for a while longer, according to respected New Zealand trainer and former boxer Kevin Barry.

Knockout artists Anthony Joshua (15-0) and Joseph Parker (17-0, 15 KO’s) are seemingly on an inevitable collision course as both bulldoze their way through the rankings to lofty positions with the relevant organisations.

Joshua is currently ranked number two and five with the WBC and WBO, whilst Barry’s fighter Parker is rated at ten and three with the respective bodies, although the pair are still priming themselves for potential world title shots.

At 26 and higher placed, Joshua may well in line for an attempt at world glory ahead of Parker and Barry says it wouldn’t really make sense for the two fringe contenders to meet before either pick up a recognized championship.

“I believe Joseph versus Anthony Joshua is a fight that is generating a great deal of interest with both fighters developing on a very similar path,” Barry told World Boxing News.

“Obviously, if both Joseph and Anthony continue to develop, impress and stay undefeated they will build up bigger media profiles, so the longer we leave this fight, the larger it be when they finally meet.

“Of course, It would be a much greater spectacle if they were fighting for a world title, but this is just my own personal opinion and both promotional companies may see it different,” he added.

Auckland-born Parker has been highly active since turning professional in 2012 and most recently defeated Daniel Martz in just under two minutes in yet another impressive appearance in his native country.

The 23 year-old is pencilled in for a stay-busy fight against American southpaw Jason Bergmann in Apia, Samoa on January 23 before a possible step up to world-class towards the middle of 2016.