Joe Joyce admits Joseph Parker has an edge in experience but the Briton insisted he overwhelm the former heavyweight champion on Saturday night.
While Joyce has won all of his 14 professional fights, his resume doesn’t carry as much weight as Parker, who has shared the ring with Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz Jr, Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora.
Only Joshua and Whyte have raised their hands against Parker, but Joyce is looking for a British hat-trick against the New Zealander when the pair face off at the AO Arena in Manchester this weekend.
In addition to the height and reach benefits, Joyce boasted that his overall skills will tame Parker, who is coached by Andy Lee and trains with Tyson Fury at the WBC heavyweight champion’s base in Morecambe.
Joyce told the PA news agency: “I am primed and ready for the best Joseph Parker. I certainly don’t take him lightly as he is a very skilled fighter. It’s going to be tough in there.
“He looked really good (in his last fight) against Chisora (last December), strong and powerful. I’m sure he and Andy Lee, and with Tyson Fury in his ear, will bring out the best in him.
“This is my biggest fight yet. But with my work pace, strength, stamina and punch output, I think I’ll be too much for him.”
While Joyce is a fringe favorite to triumph and claim the vacant WBO interim title, he is used to adversity that has disrupted the chances of beating British compatriot Daniel Dubois in November 2020.
Joyce said: “Everyone thought I was going to lose against Dubois, but beating him put me really high on the ladder. I think this ladder is a bit smaller with Parker, but it confirms me at that elite level.
Joyce climbed 271 pounds and 6 oz on Friday afternoon, with Parker weighing 255 pounds and 4 oz, a career high for both fighters.
The winner of this showdown will have a shot at a world title later this year or in 2023, with Parker looking for a second tipping point after reigning as WBO champion between December 2016 and March 2018.
Although he has had 32 professional matches, Parker is still only 30 – seven years younger than Joyce – and he is aware that he has time on his side to replenish his legacy.
Parker told PA: “I feel like I’ve been in the boxing era. I feel like one of the older ones, but I’m actually one of the younger ones.
“I still have a lot to give to boxing. I think four or five years, but it’s going to be a solid four or five years of focus and giving it all.”
BT Sport Box Office shows Joe Joyce v Joseph Parker live exclusively on Saturday 24th September. Learn more at bt.com/sportboxoffice