- Parker vs Leapai is scheduled for Saturday, June 29th at 7 p.m. ET
- Can Alex Leapai pull off the huge upset?
- Can Joseph Parker jettison himself into a high stakes title fight after this?
Joseph Parker and Alex Leapai will duke it out on Saturday, June 29th at Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. A big money title fight could be in the offing for the winner of the bout.
Matchroom Boxing has assembled an intriguing card from top to bottom. Andrade vs Sulecki will determine the WBO Middleweight Champion and the WBA Super Flyweight title is also up for grabs. Check out my bout breakdown and prediction below.
Joseph Parker vs Alex Leapai Odds
*Odds taken 06/25/19
Leapai has eight additional years of experience, has stepped into the ring with Wladimir Klitschko for the world title, and has a pretty darn good right hand. Anything can happen, especially in heavyweight boxing, but I have Parker all day in this fight.
Parker is one of the more well regarded heavyweight contenders nowadays, and is the only man to have defeated present multi-time titlist Andy Ruiz Jr. Ruiz has indicated he wants to avenge his lone career loss to Parker should Andy defeat Anthony Joshua in the rematch.
? Footage of Andy Ruiz Jr’s one and only (controversial) defeat to Joseph Parker.
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Parker vs Leapai came about from some outside circumstance. Eric Molina was initially slated to fight Parker but Molina pulled out of the bout. Alex Leapai stepped up and now Parker has a dancing partner for his Matchroom debut.
This fight seems like a formality to some pundits with the “puncher’s chance” narrative coming up a fair bit here. That being said, Leapai could possibly spoil the party especially in the wake of the relatively recent Andy Ruiz Jr. vs Anthony Joshua massive upset win.
Parker vs Leapai Tale of the Tape
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The prize fight is slated for 12 rounds but I can see a finish materializing prior to that. In the wake of recent events, Parker has become an even more compelling name at heavyweight. This comes during a time where it’s shaping up to be a banner era for boxing’s glamour division.
Parker’s only two losses are via decision to elite heavyweight Anthony Joshua and a controversial UD loss to Dillian Whyte.
Parker’s only two losses are via decision to elite heavyweight Anthony Joshua and a controversial UD loss to Dillian Whyte. I see Joseph scoring a highlight reel win here and positioning himself favorably in the heavyweight hierarchy going forward.
Pick: Parker (-2008)