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  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 styles.

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 of two.

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 fight either.

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 Manchester.

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.



 

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