‘I’ll knock him out’

By Staff Writer 22 September 2017, 12:00AM

After months of delays, mind games and trash talking, Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker, has had enough. 

He is raring and ready to knock someone out. Which is bad news for his opponent tomorrow morning, Hughie Fury, who will be looking to strip the man from Faleula and Tapatapo of the W.B.O title.

Lupesoliai assures that is not going to happen.

"What can I say,” Lupesoliai told the media in the U.K during his last press conference yesterday. 

“All the talk's been done. It's time to get in the ring and do my thing. I feel ready, prepared ... I feel powerful.

"He wants to knock me out, I want to knock him out. The training camp is where all the hard work is done, the fight is the reward and I'm looking to getting my reward."

For the humble man from Samoa, tomorrow’s fight represents a prime opportunity to make a serious statement in the new 'Home of Boxing' - England.

After a lacklustre performance in his last outing, and with mega-fights against the likes of David Haye, Tony Bellew and divisional kingpin Anthony Joshua on the horizon, Lupesoliai will be looking for a truly dominant performance against the unorthodox Fury. 

"I feel like this is a fight where I have to make a statement," Lupesoliai told Newshub. 

"I have trained very hard for this fight and it's been a great training camp. I feel like I'm in great shape I feeling the best I have ever felt in my career."

For the champion, he wants a knockout.

"I'm looking for the knockout. Hopefully I can catch him on the chin or maybe the liver. If you tell me what you want, then I'll do it.

"If the country wants him on the canvas then I'm going to make it happen. I'm going to knock him out.

"I'm feeling great. I have trained hard I feel strong, fast and powerful. I'm looking forward to putting a bash on someone."

Lupesoliai added that he saw fear in the eyes of Fury.

"I saw his body shaking a little, he took a big swallow when I saw him in the face-off. I feel he is talking a big game to give himself confidence.

"I feel confident in my own ability when I go in there I am going to chase him down, get him in the corner and give him a bash and a beating."

But Fury is not afraid.

In his  eyes, this is a once in a lifetime shot. After leaving school at 12 years old to pursue boxing as a career, this fight represents everything he has spent the last ten years of his life working towards.

Adding fuel to the fire, Fury firmly believes the WBO Championship Belt is destined to return to it's rightful home with the Fury family, after his cousin Tyson Fury had the belt stripped from him due to well-publicised 'personal issues'. 

"I'm going to put the performance of my life on," Fury vowed, saying it was an honour to front the first sporting event at the Manchester Arena since May's terrorist attack there.

"It's my home town where I've been born and bred and my heart goes out to all the families. There's no words that can be said ... but I'm going to bring that belt back to Manchester.

"I'm so hungry and ready to put on a performance and believe me, when I say I'm going to knock him out, I'm going to knock him out."

Well only time will tell.

The fight will be televised by TV3 tomorrow morning.

By Staff Writer 22 September 2017, 12:00AM

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