British 168 pound contender Zach Parker was recently announced as the reserve for George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr. World Boxing Super Series semi-final.
The 23 year-old from Derbyshire states he’s training as hard as he can with the slight possibility of fighting for his first world title on the horizon.
In an exclusive interview with WBN, Parker revealed his excitement when he found out the news from manager Neil Marsh.
“Yeah, it was mad really because only last year I was boxing on small hall shows and now I’m boxing on the biggest stage possible and could go into the tournament (if Groves or Eubank are unable to compete) as well,” Parker told WBN.
The calibre of Groves and Eubank Jr. plus the added pressure of facing either, is not a worry for Parker.
“These big fighters – Groves and Eubank; they’re the best in the division at the minute. It’s absolutely mad, I’m excited about it and can’t wait and if someone pulls out; I am ready to go!”
When asked if fighting in a sold out Manchester arena as a reserve was daunting, he responded: “I don’t think so, it’s just a fight. That’s why I came into boxing – to box on the big shows. It doesn’t add any pressure to me, I deal with it quite well.”
Parker is currently set to face Adasat Rodriguez on the 17th February show, but has a week and a half of waiting to see if either Groves or Eubank pull out due to injury.
With the small possibility that he could be facing either man, Parker told WBN that he’s pushing hard should it come to fruition.
“I just train as hard as I can, I train hard for every fight, it’s just the same really, it’s my everyday job. I just train like I usually do every day, we don’t change anything.”
Looking ahead of his fight, Parker hopes to fight for the British title and win it outright this year if his domestic plan remains untouched next weekend.
“After this fight, I’m mandatory for the British title so hopefully get the fight with Rocky Fielding, unless he vacates – or anyone who’s British who wants it.
“If Fielding wants the fight, I’ll definitely take that fight. If not then anyone else that’s British, anyone else, it doesn’t really bother me.
“After that, I want to win it outright then hopefully go on to world titles. Probably win the British title outright for this year, that’s the current plan.”
Feeling comfortable at super middleweight and still only young, Parker considers light heavyweight a possible future move.
“I would go up to light heavyweight but I think it’s a bit big for me at the minute, I’m still growing.” Parker concluded.
Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller