BOXING: DECEMBER 6TH SEES JOSEPH PARKER FIGHT IN NEW ZEALAND
On December 6th, New Zealand’s top Heavyweight prospect Joseph Parker returns to the ring to face veteran Irineu Beato Costa Junior of Brazil. Right now, 5DIMES has Parker a solid (-900) favorite over Costa, who pays back at (+500). Parker turned professional in 2012, and at just 22 years old, he is considered a potential future star in the division. There is no over/under posted as of yet.
Costa is (15-1), with fifteen wins in his native Brazil. His lone loss came in Germany, to Christian Hammer, where he proved sturdy in going the distance. Costa lost every round against Hammer, so Kiwi matchmaker Stuart Duncan and Parker’s handlers seem to know what they are doing here.
Parker is planning for a long career, and he needs to log some rounds. He is now (11-0), and in his last outing in Mid-October he outpointed veteran Sherman Williams over 10 rounds. That was his first time going 10 rounds. Parker has been preparing in Las Vegas for this fight, and he will be working on discipline in his game plan, according to trainer Kevin Barry. Barry was a fine amateur who won a Silver Medal at the 1984 Olympics. He never turned pro, electing to become a trainer who has handled the likes of David Tua in the past. He is best remembered for being KO’d after the bell sounded by Evander Holyfield in the Olympics, but the veteran Barry is sure he has something special in Parker. Parker is going to be faster and he will have more skill in the art of boxing with which to break down the big Brazilian.
Costa is a big puncher, and he will be a bit taller and heavier than Parker. For Parker, it is a sharp contrast from his last opponent, as the stocky Williams’ is under 6 foot tall. Barry does not want to see a slugfest for Parker, rather he wants him to take a measured approach.
While Britain’s Anthony Joshua is currently the most talked about prospect in the Heavyweight division, Parker is 3 years younger and is keeping pace with wins and losses. With both Parker and Joshua looking to be in the World title picture over the next few years, it will be interesting to see if their paths cross at the Commonwealth level, as that belt is a natural progression on the way.