- Publish Date
- Sunday, 14 January 2018, 7:29PM
Joseph Parker has responded with humour to jibes about his weight from Anthony Joshua and television personality Graham Norton, but, as he prepared to fly to London for a face-to-face meeting with his heavyweight rival, the New Zealander emphasised his determination to prove his critics wrong and create history.
The star power of Joshua, the 28-year-old Englishman who is the holder of the IBF and WBA "super" world titles, was underlined by his appearance alongside guests such as actor Tom Hanks on the top-rating Graham Norton Show broadcast by the BBC.
And in what appeared to be a rehearsed dig at Parker, presenter Norton made fun of the Kiwi's physical condition, showing an unflattering picture and saying: "Can I just say that looks like it's going to be quite an easy fight … It's the king of pies!
"He must be a world-class athlete but he doesn't look like one does he?" Norton added.
Joshua laughed alongside Norton and the studio audience, but while Parker has admitted to putting on weight recently following his victory over Hughie Fury in Manchester in September, he said he would quickly lose it again in his forthcoming camp.
This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission