By Tré Berry III🖊️ | 02/27/2020
The return New-Zealand’s own former WBO Heavyweight World Titlist 🇳🇿Joseph Parker (26-2-0, 20KO👊) will end his 8-month hiatus outside of the ring by taking up a fight on the Garcia/Vargas undercard to go against 39 year-old American boxer 🇺🇸Shawndell Terell Winters (13-2-0, 12KO👊) for what is expected to be a showcase for the Samoan boxer, looking to get back into the mix atop the Heavyweight division.
Parker’s previous fight was a June 29th, 2019 bout in which he faced 🇼🇸🇳🇿Alex Leapai, earning a TKO victory for what was his inaugural fight on his new Matchroom Boxing deal that he signed. Parker back then put himself on the map by defeating undefeated American (at the time) 🇺🇸Andy Ruiz Jr. by the narrowest of margins to win the vacant WBO Heavyweight Title, becoming the first (and only) Samoan man to hold any major version of a Heavyweight title. He would lose his belt, and dropped back-to-back contests, getting out-boxed by Heavyweight standout🥇🇬🇧Anthony “AJ” Joshua in a unification bout, and losing a eventful, but sloppily fought foul-fest against 🇬🇧Dillian Whyte. Those are the only 2 losses on his record, and he has only been dominated once in his career, so the 28 year old Parker understands that he sits in a pretty good position to continue to get bigger fights for opportunities to change his personal fortune.
Winters started his professional career very late, at the age of 34. Throughout his near 5 years in the sport, he has earned a couple of decent victories along the way, but it is abundantly clear here that he will be very short on his advantages for his upcoming bout against a former Champion. He does pack decent power, so he will come in, with the mindset to roll the dice and see what can result from his gambling plight. To catch this fight, log into 📺DAZN’s streaming app on February 29th, for what will be an undercard showing.