Joseph Parker Height, Weight, Measurements, Net Worth, Bio

Joseph Parker is definitely a name to be reckoned with in the heavyweight boxing category. Starting out in his amateur boxing career, the WBO heavyweight champion worked his way to notoriety, fame and the praise that comes with it.

Parker was already an incredible boxer before turning professional. He memorably represented New Zealand at the 2010 Commonwealth Games during this phase of his career.

Joseph Parker Biography

Joseph was born on January 9, 1992 in South Auckland. He is the middle child of his Samoan parents, Dempsey and Sala Parker. Joseph owes his early interest in boxing to his father, Dempsey, named after Jack Dempsey, a famous American puncher.

From the age of three, every toy Joseph played with was related to the sport of boxing. His father started training him and his younger brother, John, at a very young age. At the age of ten, Joseph entered a boxing club where he was trained by former boxer Manny Santos and Grant Axell.

The beginning of his career

Joseph’s first real fight took place at the age of twelve. His amateur career was eventful, registering 66 fights before turning professional. At sixteen, he became international. At the ages of eighteen and nineteen, he recorded back-to-back titles as New Zealand Amateur Heavyweight Champion in 2010 and 2011. He went on to win victories locally and internationally. He also won the elite New Zealand National Championships in 2009 and placed second, narrowly losing to Junior Fa, at the elite New Zealand National Championships.

He represented his country at the AIBA Youth World Championships in Azerbaijan where he won the bronze medal. In this tournament, he faced personalities such as Yusuf Açik (Turkey), Yuniel Castro Chavez (Cuba, quarter-finals) and Filip Hrgovic (Croatia, semi-finals). He then moved on to the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, where he won the silver medal after losing on points to Tony Yoka (France). For the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he beat Didier Bence (Canada) by way of knockout. He then lost to Tariq Abdul Haqq in the quarter-finals by a majority vote of three of the five judges.

Parker’s first gold came in 2011 at the Ararufa Games in Darwin, Australia. He defeated Jean Tuisamoa and Jake Ageidu, each by stoppage to face Emile Gineste (Tahiti) in the final. Parker finished the match in the first round. He continued to climb through the ranks, taking part in the China Open tournament in Guiyang. In the final, he edged Ospanov Doszham (Kazakhstan) by a six-point victory.

Joseph concluded his amateur boxing days in style by defeating Johan Linde (Australia) at the 50th Annual Belgrade Boxing Tournament to win his third gold medal.

Parker Professional Career

Joseph was becoming something of a boxing sensation at this point. He kicked off his professional career with a knockout technical win over Dean Garmonsway at SkyCity’s Convention Center in Auckland. After a string of fights and wins across New Zealand and the United States, he took on South African Francois Botha, beating the former heavyweight contender in the second round. Parker extended her undefeated pro run to seven by knocking out 33-year-old former champion Afa Tatupu in the second round. This fight earned him the title of the New Zealand National Boxing Federation.

In 2014, Joseph Parker won the Provisional PanAsian Boxing Championship, defeating Brazilian Marcelo Luiz Nascimento in the seventh round. That match, which was the undercard for world heavyweight title defense Wladimir Klitschko, was also Parker’s eighth straight win as a professional boxer. In his next match, he knocked out WBO Oriental heavyweight champion Brian Minto to take him into submission at number seven.

The remainder of 2014 was characterized as Parker’s fight developed into three more bouts he triumphed in total. In addition, he was the first to beat American Keith Thompson and Bahamian Sherman Williams. He then knocked out Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior in the fourth round in December 2014. The win earned him the WBO Latino heavyweight title for WBO Latino.

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His 2015 saw him defend and retain his Asian Boxing Association Heavyweight Pan Title against Jason Pettaway. After spending three weeks in Florida as the training partner of boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko, Parker will play four more matches in 2015. He fought Yakup Saglam, Bowie Tupou, Kali Meehan and Daniel Martz. He ended 2015 by adding the WBA, Oceania and WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council heavyweight belts to his collection.

On January 23, 2016, Jason Bergman proved to be Parker’s toughest challenge in a while, as he worked the dazzling Parker to his victory, moving the match into the eighth round. This took his professional record to an impressive 18-0. In May 2016, Parker defeated Carlos Takam by unanimous decision after twelve rounds, a match that earned him a date with defending champion Anthony Joshua. He then knocked out Solomon Haumono in the fourth round of another routine win. In his October fight, he knocked out German Alexander Dimitrenko four times. The match was finally announced in the third round in favor of Parker.

On December 10, 2016, Joseph Parker squared off with Andy Ruiz for the WBO heavyweight title. It was a tough fight that went to the wire. However, Parker was declared the winner by majority decision, making him the first New Zealander to do so. On May 6, 2017, the undefeated boxer successfully defended his WBO heavyweight title against Rãzvan Cojanu via unanimous decision. Just over four months later, he would successfully defend the title again, this time against iconic boxer Tyson Fury’s cousin, Hughie Fury. The twelve round match was taken by Parker by majority. Parker’s undefeated pro record rose to 24-0, with 18 of those wins to his name.

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Joseph Parker’s next fight is with reigning world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Anthony has held the International Boxing Federation title since 2016 and the WBA (Super) and IBO titles since 2017. This is definitely the toughest fight of Joseph Parker’s career to date. The match is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, 2018, and all major titles for both contenders are in contention in this fierce contest between winners and winners.

His net worth

The boxer had an illustrious boxing career so far right from his amateur days. He managed to win enough medals, belts and titles to make a nice amount of money. Also, his earning potential continued to increase with each game. His earnings, which are mostly from his fights, put him at a total net worth of around $2 million. This valuation should definitely explode in a few years.

The love life of Joseph Parker

The boxer is currently in a relationship with his partner, a woman named Laine Tavita. At the end of 2016, Laine announced that she was expecting Parker’s child. Parker was about to leave for Las Vegas to prepare for his world title fight. However, he stayed long enough to attend a baby shower thrown for the occasion.

He was in Vegas when his daughter, Elizabeth Ah-Sue Sala Parker was born. She is named after Parker’s mother, Sala, and older sister, Elizabeth. To our knowledge, Elizabeth is the first child in the Parker-Tavita relationship.

Height, weight and body measurements

Joseph Parker who is renowned for his speed and pace mentioned while preparing for his fight with Andy Ruiz taught him that adding a little more weight and muscle would help improve his game. Currently, the Parker is 6ft tall 4 inches (1.93m) tall and weighs 112kg according to his last weigh-in for his fight with Anthony Joshua.

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