Parker motivates Nukutere students

Wednesday January 30, 2019 Written by Published in Education
Joseph Parker with excited Nukutere College Year 8 students. 19012912 Joseph Parker with excited Nukutere College Year 8 students. 19012912

Champion fighter Joseph Parker was first introduced to boxing at the tender age of 3.


Due to an injury his father could not actively box, but he passed on his passion for the sport on to his sons.

Parker shared his life and boxing experiences with Year 8, 9 and 10 students of Nukutere College yesterday, the question-and-answer sessions were enjoyed by the school and teachers present.

At the age of 8, Parker joined different gyms, he had his first amateur boxing debut when he was 12.

Parker began travelling around the globe at 16, representing New Zealand in boxing.

Missing out on a place at the Olympics, he said goodbye to his amateur boxing career, and turned pro.

Although boxing is a violent sport, “it has taught me respect, discipline, hard work, schedules and that routine is important,” says Parker.

“Boxing motivates me,” he says.

With boxing you don’t fight outside the ring, he adds.

“It’s all about balance and schedules,” Parker told students aspiring to become professional athletes.

“And never judge someone by how they look.

“It’s important to have goals, mine is to be two times the world champion,” he says.

Parker has had 27 professional boxing bouts with only two losses.

He spends 10 weeks training in the lead up to a fight – 6 days per week with three training sessions per day.

Parkers says preparation for every fight is the same, physically, spiritually and mentally.

When asked how he recovers after a loss, you “accept a loss”.

During his third pro fight he lost his temper and received a massive cut on his forehead by his opponent.

“I learned to control my temper and aggression in the ring.”

“Boxing is my job it’s my career. I’m paid to box in different places around the world.

“I’m blessed my boxing career has allowed me to travel.”

When Parker first started out professionally there was a lot of pressure, he was very nervous and shy and needed more confidence; today Parker is a very assured, confident, humble and very pleasant young man.

Parker says his role models are his parents; his boxing role model is none other than David Tua.

Boxing has always been a part of Parke’s life, now 27 years old, he would maybe like to retire when he turns 31.

Meanwhile on Sunday morning, Parker visited the Arorangi Prison where he was greeted by Minister of Prison Services George Maggie and the prison staff.

Later in the evening, he attended a cocktail event in aid of Cook Islands Boxing at Antipodes where he was the special guest.

The cocktail evening was also attended by top government officials including prime minister Henry Puna and his deputy Mark Brown. 

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