Joseph Parker would have finished off Anthony Joshua: Kevin Barry

Joseph Parker's trainer Kevin Barry believes Parker would have finished Anthony Joshua off had he been in the position Wladimir Klitschko was in during their blockbuster fight on Sunday (NZT).

Speaking ahead of Parker's title fight against little-known Romanian Razvan Cojanu on Saturday, Team Parker was adamant he didn't have to do anything spectacular to be a part of the heavyweight boxing discussion.

"The most important thing this weekend is that we get a win," Barry said.

"Let's remember, Joe's got a lot of very nice knockouts, when you go out there and you try hard to be sensational and to get a great knockout, that's when your performance suffers. "

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Joseph Parker training ahead of the bout against Razvan Cojanu (Photosport)

Parker was glaringly absent from ringside at the Joshua Klitschko fight at Wembley whilst the who's who of the boxing community all mingled including WBC title holder Deontay Wilder and fellow boxers Tony Bellew and David Haye.

Barry suggested that all along the plans were that the team were ringside at the fight but with Parker's original opponent Hughie Fury moving the original date of the fight from April 1 to May 6, it wasn't an option.

"We really wanted to be a part of that mix and we were desperate to be there but there will be other big fights that we will attend, it just comes down to the schedule."

In defeating the veteran Klitschko in front of 90,000 attendees, Joshua unified the IBF title and the IBO title.

But that didn't stop Barry poking holes in Joshua's technique, saying that Parker would have finished him off if he knocked him down in the sixth round like Klitschko did.

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The blow that knocked out Wladimir Klitschko (Getty)

"He's still improving and developing [but] he showed a lot of vulnerability, there's no doubt about that."

"The guy's very one dimensional, he's a little robotic, he doesn't have a great variety of punch selection, not a lot of head and hand movement, there's a lot of things that Joseph Parker does skill wise much much better than Anthony Joshua.

"I can promise you this, if Joseph Parker hit Joshua on the chin and had him on his back like he was in the sixth round of that fight, that fight would be over, there'd be no rounds seven til eleven."


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