Zach Parker has declared war on Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and warned he has the one-punch knockout power needed to dethrone the super-middleweight king.
The undefeated Briton is the no1 challenger for Canelo’s WBO title, which the Mexican took from Billy Joe Saunders in devastating fashion in May.
The 30-year-old, who also holds the WBC and WBA (Super) titles, has now beaten seven fighters from these shores while amassing perhaps the most impressive CV in boxing.
A unification clash with IBF champion Caleb Plant is likely take place in September. But proud Derby fan Parker, who is in line to become the WBO’s mandatory challenger, has vowed to blast through Canelo and claim his place at the top.
‘I am the undefeated one in Britain now and if it came to that fight I know I can give him a lot of problems and that is what I plan to do,’ said Parker, who is undefeated in 20 professional fights.
‘He is obviously looking for the Caleb Plant fight at the moment, but I am here waiting and ready.
‘Now I have got the big promoter behind me it should be easier to make and I will do it whenever.’
The great Floyd Mayweather Jr is the only man to solve the Canelo puzzle all the way back in 2013. The pound-for-pound great has since battered his way through elite opposition at every turn and across three different weights, all boasting very different skillsets, including Saunders.
Many backed Saunders’ slick southpaw style to cause major problems when the two met in Texas in May, only for him to return to the UK with a fractured eye socket and without his world title.
Parker however is confident he has the blueprint to success, comparing his one-punch power to former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
‘I have got the worst style for Canelo with being a switch-hitter who can bang with both hands,’ he said.
‘Everyone who fights or spars me says they have never been hit as hard before and Canelo would be in for a rude awakening if we do fight.
‘The others who have taken him on use a lot of different shots, but mine is one-shot power. I have got power like Deontay Wilder, that one-punch KO sort of power. I can knock anyone out.
‘You can’t just keep running from Canelo, you’ve got to hit him and keep him occupied. If you don’t hit him back and get his respect he will keep just walking you down.
‘That is what he did to Billy Joe and the others in the end and I wouldn’t allow it.’
Parker is set to return to the ring on 10 July at the Royal Albert Hall. If he is made to wait for his chance against Canelo, the 27-year-old would relish the chance to occupy himself against Britain’s other contenders at 168lbs.
‘There are a few out there and I want to be a bigger name in Britain so any of Rocky Fielding, John Ryder, Chris Eubank – any of them! I just want to keep myself out there and be busy.
‘Those fights could be made easily and I would win easily as well.
‘They wouldn’t be able to live with the power. I have knocked out 14 of my opponents and hurt the rest.
‘If you look at the names I’ve mentioned, none of them are big punchers and are all little pot-shotters who I am sure I could overpower.
‘Now I have turned 27 I am coming into my prime so it is the right time for me to get these big fights. With Frank and all my team behind me that is what we are going to do. We will take it a fight at a time, but hopefully the big ones get made soon.
‘I’m looking forward to getting back out on July 10th and delivering another exciting performance and another explosive knockout live on BT Sport.’
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