Joseph Parker’s brother John faces career end due to brain aneurysm
Joseph Parker’s brother John would have been competing on two huge undercards in the UK recently until the 24 year-old’s career was suddenly put into doubt.
Parker, 3-0 in the paid ranks, was all set to support his brother in Cardiff last March until being ruled out at the last minute with what turned out to be a serious problem.
A brain aneurysm – which could rupture at any time – was detected – which finding early may well have saved Parker’s life and will probably end his ring stint in the process.
“It’s small enough that I can do everything daily without a problem, but if I want to box again – which I haven’t decided just yet – I will most likely have to have an operation,” John told Stuff. NZ.
“It’s between two operations; one is where they drill a hole through my temple, and they clip it for good, or the other option is they can thread a wire through my groin, and they clamp it, which they will have to do every so often.
“The neurosurgeon I saw was confident he could do a good job, but there is always that risk [but] the last thing I want is to be paralyzed or something and to be a burden on anyone.”
On what he plans to do next, John said: “My mind just came right – yesterday I got back into training.
“I’m lucky I can lose weight quite quickly. I want to get back into shape, so when it comes to operating or not, I’ll be healthy and fit and will react well to the procedures.
“When I found out, I was like ‘can I still fight?’ They were like, Nah. This is serious.
“So I went back in and told Joe, and he was like ‘are you all right?’ Yeah, man, stuff this – I’m not going to let this aneurysm get me.”
As elder sibling Joseph approaches a massive night in his career, John was still willing to predict.
“I made a prediction earlier in the week. I’m sticking by it. It’s goodbye to Dillian Whyte in round three,” he said.