Joseph Parker knows he can’t afford to lose another fight in his career.
Parker is currently 32-3 and riding a two-fight winning streak but if he is going to get a chance to fight for another heavyweight title he will need to continue winning. He picked up a first-round knockout win over Faiga ‘Django’ Opelu early this morning in North America and at night in Melbourne, Australia.
“My career is on the line in every fight, every fight is a must win from now on. I feel very dangerous and I just want to bring this feeling that I have into the ring tomorrow night, that dangerous feeling,” Parker said to Radio New Zealand (h/t BoxingScene). “Imagery in your head is very powerful. I have pictured myself knocking him out. I know what I can do. I’ve sparred great rounds. I’ve trained hard. I’ve just gotta go in and put it all together, put on display and execute what I know I can.”
With the win and how he won, Parker knows it is massive for his next step. The win was a big chance for Parker to prove he is a legit contender at heavyweight and should get a big fight next time out. Who he will fight is uncertain, but Parker knows every fight is crucial for his career as a loss likely ends his time as a contender.
Joseph Parker (32-3) is coming off the first-round knockout win over Faiga Opelu and before that, scored a decision win over Jack Massey. The win over Massey got him back into the win column after losing to Joe Joyce by KO for the interim WBO heavyweight title. In his career, he also holds notable wins over Derek Chisora, twice, Junior Fa, Andy Ruiz Jr., and Hughie Fury among other while his other two losses came to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte.
Who would you like to see Joseph Parker fight next?