Dean Lonergan talks up Joseph Parker to UK press

Joseph Parker in a training session with his trainer Kevin Barry. Photo / Getty
Joseph Parker in a training session with his trainer Kevin Barry. Photo / Getty

Boxing promoter Dean Lonergan has told the UK press that Joseph Parker is confident he can floor heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

The two camps are due to have talks in November about the mandatory IBF belt defence which has a cut-off date of January 9, 2017, though Lonergan says the Kiwi has already sussed out how to beat Joshua.

According to Lonergan, Joshua has some significant weaknesses despite the British boxer maintaining a perfect knockout record.

"After Saturday night, we're very confident, Joseph is very confident," Lonergan told Sky Sports.

"Breazeale was plenty tough, plenty brave, but I always question how good he can be going into that fight when he's 30 years of age and only had 17 professional fights.

"Joseph is 24 years of age and by the time he fights Anthony Joshua, he will have had 20, maybe 21 fights. Breazeale hasn't exactly been active since he became a professional, so his skill set was incredibly limited.

"He did show he's got a hell of a chin, but he didn't offer much for Anthony Joshua to be worried about at all. But Joshua showed a lot to us that makes us very confident going into this fight.

"How is AJ going to go when he's eating Joseph's jab all night?"

Joshua is not expected to return to the ring until the end of the year, but Lonergan revealed Parker is aiming for a November bout.

"We're ready now. If Eddie Hearn rang me up tomorrow and says we want to fight in the mandatory period, we want to fight November or December - that would be fantastic," said Lonergan.

"We'll probably fight in late September, early October, and then the mandatory period comes up November 19. Any day after that, Joseph would be ready."

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