Parker Aiming For Top Spot Against Murdock
Zach Parker has his sights set on Super Middleweight
supremacy as the undefeated former British Champion looks to
earn his first World Title shot when he takes on Australiaís
Rohan Murdock this Saturday, March 7th at the Manchester
Arena, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.
Parker (18-0, 12 KOs), ranked No.2 with the WBO, says he is
in the shape of his life ahead of his crunch clash with the
WBO No.1 Murdock (24-1, 17 KOs). The 25-year-old is
relishing a return to Manchester, where he has previously
enjoyed success, and is adamant his name will top the 168
lbs pile after March 7th.
ďThis has been the best camp Iíve ever had,Ē said the
Derbyshire boxer. ďIím flying. All my gears are going and I
canít wait to get in there. Iím ready to rock and roll. Iíve
had a longer camp this time and Iím in tremendous shape.
Iíve been doing some different bag drills and a lot more
sparring for this one.
ďWeíve had former WBA World Champion Giovanni De Carolis
over. Itís been great having someone with that kind of
experience. Iíve also been sparring Jason Welborn, Lennox
Clarke, Kieran Conway, and a couple of amateurs as well, so
Iíve been mixing it up with different lads and different
ďI love the Manchester crowd. The stadium is always
electric. This is where I fought Adasat Rodriguez on the
Groves-Eubank undercard and knocked him out in the second
round. Itís going to be good fighting back there again and
hopefully I can get another stoppage win to make it two out
ďIíve watched a bit of Murdock but I donít really watch a
lot of my opponents. I usually just concentrate on what Iím
doing because every fight is different. He will probably
bring a different game plan into this fight so Iíll be ready
for whatever style he brings. I expect this to be my hardest
fight so far but Iím ready to go. Heís won 24 out of 25 so
you know itís going to be a good fight.
ďThis is the most important fight of my career so far. Heís
number one and Iím number two. Weíre both going to go at it
to see who can come out on top and get a shot at the title.
Iím 100% confident I will be number one after March 7th.Ē
If successful, Parker will be eyeing a shot at the reigning
WBO World Champion Billy Joe Saunders, an all
British-showdown he says he would happily accept along with
a clash with any of the divisionís other top names including
Callum Smith and Caleb Plant, or a mega-fight with Mexican
superstar Saul ĎCaneloí Alvarez, who is rumoured to be
boxing Saunders for the WBO belt in May.
ďBilly Joe Saunders is definitely on my radar,Ē says Parker.
ďHeís a good fighter. Heís been there and done it. A
two-weight World Champion. Thatís the type of fight I want
against top-level opposition. I would be open to fighting
any of the big names. For me, itís between Caleb Plant and
Callum Smith for whoís best in the division. Callum Smith
didnít look too good against John Ryder, he looked a bit
iffy, so I would have to go with Caleb Plant, but I would
ďIf Canelo decides to fight Saunders then he could be next
for me. Thatís the kind of fight you come into boxing for.
Fighting under the big lights over in America. Thatís a
fight I would love and I think I would cause some problems
for Canelo because of my awkward style. Thatís 100% a fight
I would love.Ē
Parker vs. Murdock is part of a huge night of action in
Main event sees Scott Quigg (35-2-2, 26 KOs) take on Jono
Carroll (17-1-1, 3 KOs) in an exciting Super-Featherweight
matchup, Manchester Heavyweight contender Hughie Fury (23-3,
13 KOs) returns as he looks to fight his way back into title
action in 2020, Liverpool Super-Welterweight talent Anthony
Fowler (11-1, 8 KOs) continues his hunt for a rematch with
Scott Fitzgerald, Sheffield Super-Lightweight starlet Dalton
Smith (4-0, 3 KOs) looks to go 5-0, Bolton's Jack Cullen
(17-2, 8 KOs) returns after his FOTY contender with Felix
Cash, 'The Albanian Bear' Reshat Mati (6-0, 4 KOís) makes
his UK debut in a Welterweight contest, Ricky Hatton-trained
Super-Featherweight Ibrahim Nadim (1-0) looks to impress and
there's action for Oldham Lightweight Aqib Fiaz (4-0) and
Liverpool Super-Flyweight Blane Hyland (2-0), with more
fights to be announced soon.