Parker focus on future fights despite split within camp


WBO heavyweight champion Lupesoliai Joseph Parker and mother Sala with the Digicel team at the All In One campaign launch

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA, SAMOA – MONDAY 12 JUNE 2017: WBO heavyweight champion Lupesoliai Joseph Parker is not letting the split with his promoter Duco Events and future negotiations get in the way of his future fights.

“In the future, there would be a better structure,” he said during the Digicel Samoa All in one launch in Apia last week.

“I won’t be involved in the negotiations, but clear my head for the fight,” he said.

Lupesoliai admitted he was not at his best during his last fight and reason being the “distraction in the background.”

He said three days before the fight, negotiations were still underway on how much the fight was worth and financial issues.

“The split was already happening and I tried not to let it affect the fight,” said Lupesoliai.

“I think that is the reason why my performance was not good.”

The split has not been finalized and already Lupesoliai is focusing on his fight with Hughie Fury in September in the UK.

For the UK events, promoter Segialii David Higings will lead Lupesoliai’s team.

“We have to fight in the UK, and after, we have options open for us, and Segialii said, we have a chance to bring a championship fight here in Samoa,” said Lupesoliai.

“I think that would be good for the country , and I would love to come back and fight here where the support has been amazing, great and I want to put up a big show here like before,” said Lupesoliai.

Lupesoliai Joseph Parker with mother Sala

He said they just have to find the right day, right time and will make it happen.

It was put to the champion that local supporters are calling on him to drop not just Duco Events but also trainer Kevin Barry, for fear of a repetition of what happened to David Tua.

“That was in the past and the reason why I joined the team, I want to improve my boxing career and be guided the right way,” he said.

“Duco Events had shown and guided me to be the champion of the world. Kevin is training me the best way he can, and each fight is different, different opponent and we just need to work harder as a team,” said Lupesoliai.

Should he defeat Fury, Lupesoliai is ready to take on any of the other champions in his quest to unify the titles.

Lupesolia’s mother Sala also spoke of the split and the negative response from some people regarding the Government’s monetary support for her son’s last fight.

She said Lupesoliai did not ask for money, but was the promoters that approached Government.

“If Government gives millions to support any athlete, I’ll support it,” said Sala.

She said the split will not stop Lupesoliai from pursuing his dream.

She also apologized if her son’s last performance that was not up to their expectations as well.

Lupesoliai, who is the ambassador for Digicel, participated in the All in One launch where he was bombarded by fans for photo opportunities.