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PARK LIFE

Joseph Parker is the only man to beat Andy Ruiz Jnr and the only opponent Anthony Joshua failed to hurt, yet he’s been deemed ‘too nice’ to be a champion again. But Declan Taylor is left with a different impression when he visits the New Zealander at his training base in America
YES ME LADY: Parker is preparing to welcome his girlfriend to his training base for the first time Photos: MARK ROBINSON/ MATCHROOM

I GAVE IT THE BEST I COULD THAT DAY AND HE WAS THE BETTER MAN. BUT IF I FACE HIM AGAIN I KNOW I WILL BE VICTORIOUS”

THE FORMER WBO heavyweight champion of the world perches on a kitchen stool while aggressively despatching his first meal of the day. Beside him on the work surface stands a box of oatmeal crudely labelled ‘JOE’S’ in permanent marker. Joseph Parker is back in Nevada and back to business.

His boxing life has followed much the same pattern since he decided to up sticks and move in with long-time trainer Kevin Barry in Henderson, just a few miles outside Las Vegas and only a few minutes away from the gym in which he trains. Back home in New Zealand, however, his life is changing at a rapid pace. “I’ve got three children under three now,” he says with a smile. “That’s crazy.”

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