Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker isn’t confident of facing new world champion Andy Ruiz for his swag of belts – but he is sure what the outcome would be, if it transpires.
Still celebrating his shock victory over Anthony Joshua earlier this month, Ruiz has rekindled hopes that Parker would get another shot at the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles – but only after he has successfully negotiated a return bout with Joshua
Parker isn’t convinced that will happen.
“I’m on the fence with that one,” he told BoxingScene.com. “Joshua has to change a lot with the way he fights.
“He can’t stand there and trade with him. That’s the only way for [Ruiz] to land his punches, is to stand there and trade with him.
“So, I’m 50-50 on their next fight.”
Ruiz’s surprise success boosts Parker’s stocks in the competitive heavyweight division, despite back-to-back losses to Joshua and Dillian Whyte last year. The Kiwi is suddenly the only man to have beaten the reigning champ – a 2016 majority-decision victory for the vacant WBO crown that could have gone either way.
1pm Sunday for live updates of the Joseph Parker v Alex Leapai heavyweight bout
Parker will continue his comeback campaign on Sunday (NZT), when he steps into the ring against Samoa-Australian journeyman Alex Leapai in Providence, Rhode Island.
Leapai had his shot at glory in 2014, when he challenged and lost to Wladimir Klitshcko for the titles that Ruiz now owns. Since then, he’s fought four times for two losses, a win and a draw.