Boxing: Joseph Parker reveals inspiration behind funny social media videos

Kiwi heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker says his motivation for making funny social media videos is to simply put a smile on people's faces during the coronavirus pandemic.

Parker has arguably been New Zealand's standout sportsman on social media, since the country went into lockdown, posting three hilarious clips that have created international headlines. 

The one capturing most attention is his lip-sync rendition of The Foundations' 1968 hit song 'Build Me Up Buttercup', featuring fellow heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury and NZ IndyCar driver Scott Dixon.

The clip starts with the talented pugilist showing off his musical prowess on both the guitar and piano, with Parker and friends slipping into dance and lip-sync mode.

Speaking to the BBC Sportshour Podcast, Parker revealed the inspiration behind his videos. 

"Since we are all locked down, we wanted to come up with an idea to put a smile on people's faces or give them something to laugh about," explains Parker. 

"I do some great work with my videographer Kerry Russell, who is in my bubble. We come up with ideas and start filming.

"I reached out to lots of my friends and family, and those guys came back straight away. It was about having fun for us, but giving back to others.

"Tyson Fury was the first to get back to me."

In the last week, Parker has posted videos of himself re-enacting Hugh Grant's 'Dancing Prime Minister' scene from the movie Love Actually, while on Saturday, he posted a clip featuring Warriors league star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck about speaking to your neighbours, while social distancing. 

But Parker is tight-lipped on what to expect from his next video - and when. 

"At the moment, I have no idea, but if anyone has any ideas, flick them through.

"Hopefully, we can continue to put smiles on people's faces. Even I watched it and found them funny." 

New Zealand is entering day 11 of its month-long lockdown, although it might be extended, if COVID-19 cases don't subside. 

New Zealand currently has 950 cases, with an update expected at 1pm Sunday.