Parker v Winters: Ten things you really need to know about Shawndell Winters

When Joseph Parker's next opponent was named earlier this month, the resounding chorus from fight fans was "Who?"

Shawndell Terell Winters, 39, may have one of the most misspelled names in heavyweight boxing - a quick search found him referred to as 'Shandell', 'Shawdell' and 'Shawntell' - but he has never been short of confidence.

Meet the man who hopes to end the Kiwi's heavyweight relevance...

  • Hails from Harvey, Illinois, a city of 25,000 - 75 percent black - that was founded in 1891 and intended as a model for Christian values. Most recently, it has struck severe financial problems, and was unable to pay police and fire pensions between 2010-13, due to "improper" use of funds.
The Dixie Square Mall starred in The Blues Brothers movie
The Dixie Square Mall starred in The Blues Brothers movie. Photo credit: YouTube/Movieclips

Harvey's biggest claim to fame (apart from Winters) came when filmmakers used the long-vacant Dixie Square Mall to film a car chase in The Blues Brothers movie. The shopping centre, which closed down in 1978, was re-opened especially to shoot the scene and then boarded up again afterwards.

  • Winters was fighting "on the streets" in his mid 20s, until his cousin dreamed of him driving Ferraris and making a fortune from boxing. His first visit to a Chicago gym was almost his last. 

"The training was so hard, I stopped coming," he told The Ringside. "In 2009, I picked back up with it and the rest is history."

His amateur record was 47-4 and he finished runner-up at the 2014 National Golden Gloves, losing to DeRae Crane in the final.

"I got fed up with the way the amateur thing goes," he said. "I think my style is more tailormade for professional boxing, where the judges judge on how much hurt you put on a guy, as opposed to the amount of punches that you throw and activity."

  • He made a late start to pro ranks at the age of 34, knocking out Michael Perez 1m 31s into his 2015 debut at Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana, where he has fought five of his 15 bouts so far.

"I decided it was time to get paid for dedicating my life to training," he told The Ringside afterwards. "In 24 months, I'm going to be a millionaire and world champion."

  • Winnters has actually fought much of his pro career at cruiserweight, the division between light-heavyweight and heavyweight, which has a 90.7kg (200lb) upper limit. Winters weighed in at 92.5kg for his most recent fight, compared to Parker's 109.5kg.
  • Only one of Winters' previous opponents has his own Wikipedia page. Ghanaian Maxwell Amponsah was his country's flagbearer at the 2012 London Olympics, but had to withdraw from the competition with an unhealed broken jaw.

Amponsah has a 11-3 professional record, but in 2016, Winters left him facedown on the canvas in the fifth round.

  • Suffered his first pro loss to American Brian Howard, who knocked him out in October 2017. Howard (13-1, 10 KOs) landed a right hard to the chin early in the second round and Winters was counted out at 1m 2s.
Tale of the Tape - Winters v Parker
Tale of the Tape - Winters v Parker. Photo credit: Newshub.

"Winters got to his feet, after what appeared to be an extremely generous count," reported "However, his legs betrayed him and after stumbling backwards, the fight was thankfully called off. 

"Perhaps a good time for Winters, who turns 37 in a week, to have a candid conversation, difficult to be sure, from those who care for him most."

That was more than two years ago.

  • Last September, Winters shocked unbeaten Canadian Oleksandr Teslenko by fifth-round knockout at Brampton, Ontario, to capture the WBA-North American heavyweight title.
  • Winters' last three outings have been outside the United States - his victory over Teslenko was sandwiched between a loss and win in (of all places) Poland.

His last outing was a stoppage victory over local favourite Sergiej Werwejko last November, when he dropped his bigger (1.95m/109.3kg) rival several times, before the referee stepped in. 

  • Parker is, by far, Winters' most notable opponent so far. 

"This is the biggest right of my career and I am going to make it count," Winters declared, when the fight was announced. 

"I am used to being the underdog - it's something I thrive on and if Joseph Parker underestimates me, he's going to be in for a bad night, because I am going in there to take him out."  

  • Winters achieved his first official world ranking this month, when he entered the WBA list at No.14. He replaced American Chris Lovejoy, whose credentials consisted solely of bar fights in Tijuana, against opponents with losing records.

According to, last May, Lovejoy beat Daniel Yocupicio, who had six wins, 50 losses (you read that correctly) and two draws to his name.

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