His father, Dempsey, was named after legendary American pugilist Jack Dempsey and trained young Joseph starting at only three years of age. When he was 10, he started training at Papatoetoe Boxing Club.
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Joseph Parker has confirmed - finally - his next fight against Australian Alex Leapai on June 30 in the United States, just 12 days away. Parker's 28th professional fight will be his first under the management of Matchroom's Eddie Hearn, as part of a four-fight deal signed earlier this month.
Leapai, 39, has only fought twice in four years, but battled then-world champion Wladimir Klitschko in a heavyweight title fight, before losing by a fifth-round TKO.
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Heavyweight division as murky as ever Parker told Sky Sports UK he planned to make an impressive statement in his return to the ring.
I just have to change up the mindset to not only go in there and win, but go in and KO someone, and make a statement.
The Kiwi slugger is eager to get back in the ring with Ruiz next year, if the Mexican-American retains his newly won belt in a rematch with Joshua later this year.
Whyte bettered Parker in a fantastic heavyweight fight last July, where Parker almost won in the final round. If the opportunity came along, I would love that fight again.