Parker vs Joshua: Kiwi camp hits back after Brit snubs New Zealand, Samoan media

  • 23/03/2018

Joseph Parker's camp has slammed rival Anthony Joshua after the British fighter refused to speak to New Zealand and Samoan media in Sheffield on Thursday (NZ time).

Joshua was scheduled to speak with the Kiwi and Samoan reporters at his training base, but instead, he only spoke with British journalists, which angered the visiting contingent, including Newshub European correspondent Tova O'Brien.

Parker vs Joshua: Kiwi camp hits back after Brit snubs New Zealand, Samoan media

The snub was the latest instalment of pre-fight tension between the camps, as WBA and IBF titleholder Joshua seeks to snatch the WBO belt off New Zealand's Parker on April 1 (NZ time).

Speaking to media this morning, Parker's trainer, Kevin Barry, wasn't impressed with Joshua's actions.

"This is not just about Anthony Joshua," said Barry. "There is an undefeated WBO champion called Joseph Parker, and his people are here form New Zealand and they're here from Samoa.

"Show them a little bit of respect.

"Hopefully, he [Joshua] will get off his high horse, and when we sit down and have a press conference next week, he will speak to the media who are here and give them the respect that they deserve, as we have done to the UK media."

Barry then talked about all the British media they have had during Parker's training camp in Las Vegas.

"We have had a very busy household of media from the UK. We have had them for breakfast, we have had them for lunch, we have had them in the gym with us all day.

"Some of their teams were with us for three days. We have been very inviting, and we opened our home and our gym to them."

Meanwhile, Parker's promoter, David Higgins, hopes Joshua's show more respect the next time New Zealand and Samoan journalists are scheduled to speak with the Brit.

"Some people are humble and some people pretend to be humble," promoter David Higgins said.

"For those Kiwi journalists to drive all the way to Sheffield, and for him to walk out and leave them standing - it goes to character.

"Samoa's a long way and hopefully Anthony Joshua makes time for our colleagues from Samoa the next time we meet."


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