Joseph Parker will be hoping to bounce back from his first professional defeat to Anthony Joshua in March when he takes on Dillian Whyte in over a month’s time.
The former WBO heavyweight champion will go head-to-head with the Brit at the O2 Arena in London on July 28.
With the clock very much ticking ahead of the bout, Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry claimed that he would have preferred to have more time to prepare.
The New Zealander embarked on a training camp last week as he aims to get as much preparation as he can into the short space of time he has before the fight.
“Would I have liked a couple extra weeks in training camp? Yes I would have. We have got a 7 week camp. Joe has just flown 34 hours of flying in three days. He went from Auckland, New Zealand to London. He had one day in London announcing the fight and then flew here," Barry told BoxingScene.com.
"He got off the plane and I brought him straight to the gym. I was just doing some interviews in the UK this morning and I said, 'Dillian Whyte and his team will be happy to hear that Joe has not got his legs under him at the moment.' He has had a horrible week. He hasn't slept properly.
“His body clock is a mess, but I know next week will be so much better. The exciting thing and real pleasing thing for me as his coach is that after coming back from London after announcing the Anthony Joshua fight, Joseph Parker was 120 kilograms.
“We had 11 weeks in camp and he fought at 107 which was about 236.5 pounds. He arrived here getting off the plan on Friday weighing 110 kilograms which makes me very very happy. We would never ever have been able to take this 7 week challenge if he had came in at 120."
Barry also claimed Parker is ‘very hungry’ and ‘very motivated’ ahead of the fight.
"Joe is very hungry at the moment and very motivated for this fight.
"When this opportunity presented itself we addressed it with Joe and more or less immediately he said, 'I want this fight. I want the biggest fight with the biggest names. I know I could have taken a couple of easy fights after the Joshua fight but I don't want that.'
"We think Dillian Whyte is one of the biggest names in world boxing at the moment.
“He was sitting there in a very solid position. He was on an immediate list to fight Deontay Wilder and Eddie said they were very keen on him fighting Joshua again. We aim to take all of that moment way from him.”
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