Joseph Parker believes he can knock out Deontay Wilder

Joseph Parker believes he can knock out Deontay Wilder during their heavyweight match Saturday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Parker, 31 years old, with a record of 33 wins, 3 losses with 23 wins coming by way of knockout has been confident all week. Thursday’s press conference was just a microcosm of all the events leading up to the event. Parker used his words sparingly but gave a warning to Wilder, a known knockout artist. Parker believes that Wilder isn’t the only man who can win by KO. 

“Of course, this is a tough test, but I know I can knock him out one hundred percent,” said Parker.

“I am here, and I am ready. I have had a great camp. Going into this fight [with] a good game plan, great strategy, and listen respect to Wilder, but I am here to do a job, and I am here to win.”

Parker will be aided in confidence knowing that he has some of the same people on his team he handed Wilder his first loss. From his sparring partner Tyson Fury, who beat Wilder twice. George Lockhart, the nutritionist who worked with Fury for that camp. To Andy Lee, Parker’s head coach, who is a long-time friend of Fury and worked with him on several occasions. Parker, seven years younger than Wilder is brimming with confidence as he stood at the dais. 

“We have a great camp, [with] great people involved, when I go out there I am going to put on a great display.”

Despite Parker being stopped by Joe Joyce last year, Wilder has been stopped twice by Parker's training partner, Tyson Fury. Could that be where Parker's confidence comes from?