Fury: I’ll KO Parker in fourth round

first_imgParker defends his belt for the second time when he fronts Fury in Manchester on September 23 in a battle of two young unbeaten fighters.Fury has been talking tough in the leadup to the fight and ramped that up when asked for a prediction for his victory.”Four rounds I would say. Four rounds … knock out,” he told WOTV. Parker has also voiced his determination to score a knockout win and hammer home his abilities to the British market where he believes bigger fights lie beyond Fury.Fury hasn’t fought in earnest since April last year, but the 22-year-old said he had no fears of ring rust.”Not at all, I’m super confident. I have done all of my sparring and I’m ready to go. I’ve been out a while but it’s done me good.”I think Joseph Parker is a very good fighter and you can’t take anything away from him, he’s a world champion. It’s going to be an exciting fight.”There is no lack of feeling to the fight that was originally scheduled for Auckland in May only for Fury to pull out late, citing a back injury. He felt having the fight rescheduled for Manchester would help him though he stressed the result would be the same.”I’ve always said if it’s home or away the outcome is always going to be the same. But it’s nice to have a home show, every bit helps.” Meanwhile, Tony Bellew, the British fighter Parker is eyeing as a potential fight beyond Fury, has reiterated his belief he could beat the Kiwi.Bellew, a former world cruiserweight champion, beat fellow Brit David Haye earlier this year to signal his heavyweight claims and he is eager to go for a world title, believing Parker’s WBO belt is the most vulnerable.”He’s a good guy and a nice fella but I would knock Joseph Parker out, if the fight ever happened. We’ll see,” Bellew, who caught up with Parker in Las Vegas last weekend when both attended Floyd Mayweather’s win over Conor McGregor.Bellew felt Fury was an unknown quantity and could be tricky for Parker.”He’s got a tough test on his hands in Hughie Fury. We don’t actually know how good Hughie is, but we’re going to find out in September.”Photo by: REUTERS Caption: Hughie Fury uses his long reach to keep Fred Kassi at bay during his last competitive fight in May last yearlast_img read more