UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt to be in Joseph Parker's corner

Hunt will be attending the high-profile heavyweight bout in Cardiff.
Hunt will be attending the high-profile heavyweight bout in Cardiff. Photo credit: Getty

Joseph Parker will have the support of Kiwi UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt when he takes on Anthony Joshua on April 1.

The combat sports veteran will be one of several expected high profile attendees at Principality Stadium in Cardiff as the IBF, WBA, Super, IBO and WBO belts are put on the line.

Hunt has been assured of some tickets by Parker's promoter David Higgins and is looking forward to backing his compatriot come fight day.

"I'm going to watch Joseph make history and kick AJ's teeth and go from there," Hunt told NZME.

"Thanks to David Higgins, of course I'm going. I want to watch Joseph do work."

Hunt is no stranger to the bright lights, having won the K-1 World Grand Prix in 2001, and has been fighting in the UFC for the past eight years.

Despite his vast experience, the 43-year-old admits he's never been part of a bout as widely hyped as this.

"This fight's going to be amazing. Joe's going to shine the light on these guys from over here."

Higgins is excited by the prospect of Hunt attending the fight, and has a great deal of respect for him, as the camps share similar views on the problem that is performance enhancing drugs in sport.

"It's good to have Mark on our side and to have his support," he told NZME.

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