JOSEPH PARKER needs to end his rivalry with Derek Chisora in fiery red fashion to make up for being stuck in the Morecambe freeze.
But the brutal new travel restrictions mean he has no idea when he will be allowed back into his country.
Thankfully, the 29-year-old former WBO world champion was successful in the local area and had his wife and three daughters blown up just before the border rules changed.
But they don’t know when they’ll be able to fly again with all their other loved ones, so Parker wants a KO win to make up for the cold Christmas.
“I couldn’t go home to see my parents, siblings, friends and extended family,” he revealed. “But at least now I have my wife and kids here.
“We’re going to have to spend at least Christmas and New Year here so I need to get this win.
“Morecambe is different from New Zealand, it’s a very quiet place, very good for camping and training because it’s just a gym, an apartment, eating and resting.
“After the battle we had a great plan to go to Center Parcs, it was a new experience for my kids because they had never seen snow before and as soon as they arrived it started snowing. In Morecambe, they run outside, wearing beanie hats, red noses.
“We love it here because people are so welcoming and friendly and we get good support here.”
Parker received a lot of support from boxing fans when he appeared as a violent knockout artist.
But his popularity has dwindled as more and more of his bouts – in victory and defeat – have gone away.
And the refreshingly honest ace admits he’s fed up with some of his own dull performances and that he has to get back to getting the public excited.
“Honestly, I don’t want to be a 12-round boxer,” he said. “I want to go in there and take care of the business.
“I haven’t done that in a long time and it sucks. I have developed this boring defensive style and I want to change it.
“Maybe I just try to play it safe and counterattack. I knew opponents were different at the beginning of my career but I was always in the front foot, making teamfights more aggressive, launching synergies. I want to go back to that.
“I don’t want to be a 12-round boxer, being too defensive, waiting for the counter-attack, not normal. It’s boring.”
What never gets boring is Chisora’s attitude towards building a week of fights, and he confused Parker with his antics in Manchester.
On Wednesday night Del Boy organize an impromptu game on the musical chair, instead of rehearsing for his media.
Parker insists he’s not confused – just confused.
“I honestly don’t know what to say about it,” he said after the silent stunt.
“I don’t know if he was trying to piss me off or in the press conference or just put on a show. I don’t know what he’s trying to do. But he always makes people go and laugh.
“He knows how to work in front of a crowd. If I did, it would be weird.
“If I go to a public gym and sit in the music chair, it’s weird. But when he does it, everyone accepts it, because that’s Derek – he’s a character, he’s great with boxing and I’m happy to get this rematch with him.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/boxing/17075101/joseph-parker-derek-chisora-fight-morecambe/ Joseph Parker hands to end Derek Chisora’s rivalry in hot fashion… to make up for being trapped in snowy Morecambe