Undefeated heavyweight Joseph Parker (10-0, 9KO’s) weighed in at a trim and ready 231.3 pounds for his clash with Sherman Williams on Thursday night at Trusts Stadium, Auckland. The evergreen Williams (36-12-3, 19KO’s) weighed in at 265.4 pounds.
It has been an interesting week and a half for the Parker camp, first suffering an injury scare last Friday with a shoulder twinge while hitting the mitts at an open media workout. Parker spent the weekend with his arm in a sling as a precautionary measure but was passed fit to fight on Monday after seeing a physician and also having a cortisone injection.
On Tuesday Parker received the good news that in their recent rankings update the WBA had moved him up to number 11, sitting just outside their top 10. An emphatic showing against Williams should help solidify that ranking and help move him up some spots with the other sanctioning bodies.
At the weigh-in the normally reserved Parker vowed to go for the knockout against Williams, something no-one else has been able to achieve, at least in this millennium. Sherman Williams may get beaten but he doesn’t get stopped. It remains to be seen if Parker can achieve this rare feat tomorrow night.