Joseph Parker and his team have updated WBN on the finalization of camp after landing in London with two weeks to go until fight night.
The New Zealander put his WBO heavyweight title on the line against three-belt champion Anthony Joshua at Cardiff’s National Stadium and wanted to acclimatize to the conditions in plenty of time.
This means putting the last few touches to their training program in the UK capital before heading to Wales for fight week formalities.
“We’ve been here two days. We got a light workout Saturday when we got off the plane. Joe rested up yesterday. We were in the gym this morning running and a good stretch out afterwards so today’s our first workout,” trainer Kevin Barry told World Boxing News.
“What I needed to do today was to get the blood flowing, get a good sweat up, Joe’s drunk a lot of water in the last couple of days so I want to get some of that water weight off him.
“We’re looking to do our normal four rounds of shadow. I’ll probably hold pads with him for six rounds, we’ll go over the same punch combinations that we’ve been working on for the last two months, I will probably get him to do between four and six on the heavy bag, a couple of rounds of rope so I’m looking to do probably 16 rounds of boxing training.”
Parker is the underdog to win the unification contest, although UK bookmakers recently informed WBN that the Kiwi has been the subject of the majority of bets, with 65% of those being place against Joshua.