Joseph Parker is a New Zealand professional boxer and currently the WBO heavyweight champion since 2016.
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Joseph Parker was born on January 9, 1992 in South Auckland, New Zealand.
Joseph real full name is Joseph Dennis Parker but also known by his honorary matai title ‘Lupesoliai La’auli’.
Joseph Parker grew up and was raised in the large suburb of Māngere in Auckland, where he attended Marcellin College.
Joseph Parker is the son to Dempsey and Sala Parker.
Joseph Parker began boxing when he was 11-years old.However, Boxing had been a part of Parker’s life since his early childhood after being first introduced at a very young age of three. His father, who was named after the legendary American boxer Jack Dempsey, brought many boxing accessories and toys for him and his siblings. His father also had a boxing bag and pads at home and used to train Joseph and his younger brother. But it was not until he was ten years old when he joined the Papatoetoe Boxing Club to pursue and learn more about the sport. He was trained by Grant Arkell and former great, Manny Santos. On October 10, 2013, he scored a knockout against Afa Tatupu to secure the NZNBF Heavyweight title.
Parker also comes from a religious family, belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Joseph Parker is from New Zealand since both his parents migrated to New Zealand from Samoa in the early 1980s.
2011 New Zealand Pacific Island Sports Emerging Talent Award
2012 Samoan Sports Junior Sportsman of the Year
2013 New Zealand Pacific Island Sports Sportsman of the Year
2015 Matai with the title of Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa
2015 World Boxing Organization Oriental Heavyweight Fighter of the Year
2016 Order of Merit of Samoa
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