Queenstowners may get a chance to witness Joseph Parker’s prowess in the ring first hand next year.
The heavyweight proved he’s a lion in the ring but a lamb outside it when he visited Queenstown’s CrossFit gym on Tuesday night to meet the 20 amateurs donning gloves for September’s Mountain Scene-sponsored Thriller in the Chiller charity boxing event.
Fresh from his knock-out victory over Australian Bowie Tupou in Invercargill at the weekend, his promoter Duco
Events boss David Higgins told the Scene he was keen for the 23-year-old to fight in the resort.
“We’re looking at it - we like moving him around the country.”
The Thriller boxers hung on Parker’s every word on Tuesday night as he answered questions about his fight day routine, training regime, diet, favourite punch, and the boxer he most likes to watch: Lennox Lewis.
Parker’s been enjoying his first visit to the resort - the fly-by with the amateur boxers arranged by Thriller director
Simon Green who bumped into the Parker camp in Invercargill.
Parker’s message to the fighters - who range in age from 23 to 41 - was to train as hard as they could, but to relax and enjoy themselves when they got in the ring.
He remembers his nerves before his first amateur fight at the age of 12.
“I was fighting in front of people I didn’t know, I wasn’t sure how I’d perform on the night, and the kid opposite me was a lot bigger than I was.
“But when I got in there, I felt like I was at home.”
Needless to say, he won.
He is a big supporter of charity boxing events.
“A lot of people don’t like them - they say the fighters don’t know much about boxing and there’s a risk of them getting hurt.
“But they all have a bucket list and want the opportunity to get in the ring and give it a go.
“It’s great that people like Simon and others around New Zealand are putting tournaments together to give
them that opportunity.”
Parker’s next fight will be in Auckland on October 15, against Australian-based Kiwi Kali Meehan.