Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker addressed the Daily Mail in front of his heavyweight title session againt Anthony Joshua in Cardiff on March 31
Tarantulas, scorpions, centipedes and now Anthony Joshua — there is almost no Joseph Parker wouldn’t like to get his teeth into.
Amir Khan may have discovered comfort in the profundities of the wilderness. Be that as it may, his Kiwi partner is one transcending, strolling Bushtucker Trial.
“I bit a fish’s take off and murdered it,” the WBO world heavyweight champion reviews, his face dull. “I got the snapper, lifted it up, took the snare off and it was shaking.”
How did that taste? ‘F****** great,’ he says. “Those boxers better be cautious, man!”
For the following 11 weeks, Parker’s affinity for extraordinary cooking must be tempered. Just a single thing, or one man, is on the menu now.
There will be no rehash of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield’s ‘Chomp Fight’ when the 26-year-old faces Britain’s IBF and WBA champion on March 31 in Cardiff.
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Be that as it may, the principal ever conflict of two ruling heavyweight titlists on these shores guarantees to be a fierce impact of youthful, eager and unbeaten contenders.
Far from the ring, be that as it may, Parker is a man of peaceful joys.
“I adore playing instruments — I play the piano and I play the guitar,’ he uncovers. ‘My main tune on the guitar is most likely Hotel California. On the piano I cherish playing love melodies, church tunes, a blend of things.”
Yet, the heavyweight is infrequently more joyful than when looking for crisp nourishment.
“I adore crude fish,’ he says. ‘Subsequent to winning the world title (against Andy Ruiz Jnr in December 2016) I purchased my father a vessel — eight meters — and I’ve taken it out more than him!
“We got it quite recently, most likely two months back, and I’ve taken it out possibly 15-20 times. I adore angling. The last time I went angling, last Friday, I got a two-meter mako shark, a hammerhead shark, a kingfish (and) a snapper.”
Parker is a man of few words. In any case, on the theme of his most loved interest, the New Zealander finds a recently discovered endowment of the jabber.
He recollects that one specific excursion when he took off to ocean close by visitors from America and around the globe.
As would turn into a standard event amid our half-hour discussion, the best on the planet at that point reviewed with words and activities how he ate up a fish alive — to the suspicion of kindred travelers.
“They took a gander at me like I was a weirdo,” Parker claims.
On another event, the 26-year-old grabbed a determination of crickets, centipedes, creepy crawlies and scorpions.
Subsequent to eating one crude fish in Samoa — against the counsel of everyone around him — the contender was left deadened for three days, dreading his vocation was finished.
Luckily the WBO ruler made a full recuperation and is currently nearly the greatest battle of his vocation to date. “I’ve pursued Joshua for quite a while — 18 months, two years — and the reason is on account of we trust he’s a decent contender, he’ll give us a decent test and we trust we can beat him,” Parker says.
When he strolls to the ring on March 31, Parker will be more than 18,000km far from his local Auckland.
Be that as it may, the cash turning standoff is a world far from his boxing beginnings under the tutelage of his dad Dempsey, named after the considerable American heavyweight Jack.
“(When) I was most likely three or four years of age, my father used to go abroad for work and he would return with cushions, a little punch sack and gloves,” Parker recollects.
‘He would offer it to me and my younger sibling (John) and we used to punch it. He held the cushions and would state: “Young men this is your fate!”‘
In the long run, Parker surrendered his other brandishing interests — rugby union, rugby class and volleyball — to concentrate on the hardest diversion. What’s more, in the rec centers of south Auckland, he tried to follow in the district’s rich wearing legacy.
Both Jonah Lomu and David Tua — a previous adversary of Lennox Lewis — hailed from close-by. In any case, Parker’s legends were from much nearer to home. “Cutting straight to the chase it was my folks,” he says.
Dempsey and Sala Parker emigrated from Samoa to New Zealand looking for a superior life.
“Seeing the diligent work they experienced was extremely rousing,” their child says.
“Being a young man and watching them work a few unique employments daily formed me to be the individual that I am on account of seeing that case helped me to buckle down and concentrate on what I’m attempting to do.”
Following quite a while of applying what he realized at home and in the exercise center, Parker has vanquished the world. Be that as it may, the 6ft 4in (1.95m) warrior stays careful about his quickest pundits — especially with regards to junk talking rivals.
“Anything I say in the media, my mum will discuss it,” he uncovers. “So I’ll say ‘mum was this alright?’ and she’ll say ‘child, you shouldn’t have said this’ or ‘child be watchful what you say next time’. I think my childhood and the norms they ingrained in me helped me turn into the individual I am today.
“I know a considerable measure of warriors tend to ramble and say either. In the event that I have said something previously, it’s not on account of it’s me. This is on the grounds that it was a collaboration since we as a whole thought of an arrangement to assault somebody yet by and by it’s not my style.”
That is an attribute shared by Joshua and, at first look, they are two warriors with much in like manner. Both are amiable out of the ring and unbeaten inside it. Be that as it may, their ways to the best could barely have been additionally differentiating.
While Parker took in the game as a baby, AJ didn’t bind gloves until his late teenagers. And keeping in mind that the IBF and WBA champion got through Britain’s splendid novice set-up, Parker needed to fight an incessant absence of cash and adversaries to achieve the best.
“When I was 16 I was battling folks who were around 20 and more seasoned and when I ventured to the far corners of the planet speaking to New Zealand, they gave me no cash for subsidizing,” he says.
“My folks needed to take out credits to pay for excursions to India, Singapore, my mentor applied for a new line of credit to pay for me to go to Russia.”
At one world junior titles specifically, a 19-year-old Parker needed to movement to Azerbaijan with his Australian partners — such was the scarcity of monetary help accessible at home. In spite of these challenges, in any case, seeking after another vocation never entered Parker’s thoughts.
“I had many employments — I worked at a daily paper organization in New Zealand stacking trucks, I worked at McDonald’s, I worked at a place called Fletcher Steel in New Zealand making steel and making stands. Yet, boxing was basically the thing that stole my heart,” he says.
Those harder circumstances are luckily behind him. He now prepares in Vegas, a town synonymous with battling. Competing accomplices and motivation are galore. Be that as it may, for the heavyweight ruler, Sin City brings different points of interest.
“In New Zealand there are a ton of diversions. When I’m in Vegas, nobody knows my identity,” he says.
“I cherish Vegas, I adore not being known, I adore being offered uninterrupted alone time. I adore being heavyweight champion of the world — it was an objective for myself and my father and each time I battle I celebrate with my family. So it’s a delight to be a champion yet I likewise make the most of my chance where I am allowed to sit unbothered and I can do what I need.”
Nevada additionally gives the opportunity to gain from the best.
“I’ve been to (Floyd) Mayweather’s exercise center when he was battling (Conor) McGregor. We met him, took some photographs and watched him prepare,” Parker says.
Commentators will state nothing can get ready Parker for the tenuous climate of the Principality Stadium. In any case, there are additionally the individuals who trust he will irritate Joshua — including Tyson Fury.
The match struck up an improbable fellowship, notwithstanding playing out the haka together after Parker beat Tyson’s cousin Hughie last September.
“He’s so fun, loose, chilled and cool to hang out with,” Parker says. “Regardless I think of him as a champion since he didn’t lose his belts to anybody and I figure when he comes back, on the off chance that despite everything I have the belt or have an opportunity to battle him, I would love to battle him.”
Wrath could even have his own particular influence in the March 31 standoff.
“I may give him a content and say: ‘Brother would you like to stroll in with me?’ He may simply stroll in with me or he may simply sit in the front and watch the battle. In any case, I know I have a considerable measure of help from Tyson which is really great.”
Nobody, not even the so called Gypsy King, will have the capacity to help Parker once the principal chime rings, in any case. Not that he seems dismayed by the fierce assignment ahead.
“I couldn’t care less on the off chance that I win or lose, I simply adore the test of battling somebody like (Joshua). Champion against champion to see who the genuine champion is. There’s no outrage, no loathe, no hostility. Everything is tied in with battling and being the best.”