Undefeated heavyweight contender Joseph Parker has labelled new IBF champion Charles Martin ‘nothing special’ as the New Zealander continues his rise to the top of the sport.
The 24 year-old aims to move to 18-0 on January 23 against Jason Bergman in Apia, Samoa and had plenty to say when dissecting some on his divisional rivals.
“IBF Champ Charles Martin isn’t anything special; Fury and Wilder are bringing excitement to the Heavyweight division,” said Parker.
Parker is currently in Samoa finalising preparations for his first professional bout against a southpaw in Bergman. Bergman is ranked the 11th best southpaw in the world on
Bergman is ranked the 11th best southpaw in the world on Boxrec and Parker freely admits ‘he didn’t have a clue’ the last time he fought a left-hander when he was as an amateur.
Parker is ranked WBO#3, IBF#7, WBC#10, WBA#12
The goal this year is to position Parker as #1 in one of the four sanctioning bodies so that he becomes mandatory challenger to one of the world titles. That means the world champ cannot avoid fighting Parker and must do so or be stripped of the title.
To put that in perspective, it took David Tua 38 fights and eight years as a professional before he became the mandatory challenger to Lennox Lewis.
Parker has had 17 fights thus far and been a professional for just three and a half years and is on track to become one of the quickest fighters ever to receive a world title shot.