Lupesoliai’s profile builds ahead of Samoa fight

By Duncan Johnstone - Stuff 06 January 2016, 12:00AM

Samoan heavyweight boxer, Lupesoliai Joseph Parker, has started the year with a bang, leaping to No 6 on the IBF rankings.

It’s another significant move by the 23-year-old as he prepares to open a busy year with a January 23 fight against American southpaw Jason Bergman in Samoa.

The sanctioning bodies have just updated their rankings and Parker lifts four places from No 10 with the IBF to be at No 6.

He is rated by all four major bodies with the improvement in IBF ratings coming alongside a No 3 ranking with the WBO, No 10 with the WBC and No 12 with the WBA.

“It’s a great way to start the year,” Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry said of the big jump on the IBF list.

Parker’s handlers are eager to manoeuvre him close to a title fight by the end of the year.

The division was rocked by Britain’s Tyson Fury scoring a unanimous points decision against long-standing champion Wladimir Klitschko.

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By Duncan Johnstone - Stuff 06 January 2016, 12:00AM

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