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Parker promoters list reasons for each ranked fighter, reveal why Cojanu was only option and Wilder was never on the table

Duco 26/04/2017

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Duco Matchmaker Stuart Duncan has revealed Romanian World number 14 Razvan Cojanu was the only credible contender to face Joseph Parker on May 6 following the injury to mandatory number one contender Hughie Fury over the weekend.

Mr. Duncan received the phone call no matchmaker wants to hear last Sunday, just 13 days before the scheduled bout at Spark Arena in Auckland.

Parker has been in training camp since January 30 preparing for a tall opponent so, any replacement had to be at least 6’5”.

While the kiwi would love to face WBC champion Deontay Wilder, it was never an option. The American risks being stripped of his title if he ignores his mandatory opponent Bermaine Stiverne.

Cojanu arrives in New Zealand with strong credentials having made his pro debut in 2011 and has 300 plus amateur fights under his belt.

He has previously signed contracts to fight contenders Jarrell Miller, Dillian Whyte and the most avoided man in the division, Luis Ortiz, only for all three opponents to drop out.

Conjanu is big and mobile with a wicked left rip and hook and has the advantage of knowing what Parker has been working on in camp.

The WBO Champion used Cojanu extensively in his camp to prepare for Alexander Dimitrenko and, as a result, produced arguably the finest result of his professional career.

Parker also faces Cojanu knowing he has never dropped the Romanian in sparring in any of his camps.

WBO WORLD RANKINGS

1

Hughie Fury

Out injured

2

Christian Hammer

Already signed to defending his European title

3

Jarrell Miller

5’ shorter than Fury & totally different style

4

Andy Ruiz

Only began training this week.

5

Kubrat Pulev

He is defending his WBA Regional title this week

6

Dominic Breazeale

Does not want to fight on May 6

7

Dillain Whyte

Is booked to fight Mariusz Wach

8

Tom Schwarz

Fought last weekend

9

Andriy Rudenko

6’ tall

10

Luis Ortiz

Injured and pulled out of a fight last week

11 

Andrey Fedesov

6’1 tall & fights nothing like Fury

12

Agit Kabayel

6’3 and again fights nothing like Hughie Fury

13

Kyotaro Fujimoto

5’11 tall and is booked to fight

14

Razvan Cojanu

6’7 ½ tall actively training and available

15

Zhilei Zhang

A southpaw

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