Joseph Parker had secret surgery on BOTH elbows in countdown to Anthony Joshua fight

JOSEPH PARKER underwent secret surgery on BOTH elbows forward of his blockbuster world title fight with Anthony Joshua.

The WBO heavyweight champion's coach, Kevin Barry, confirmed the Kiwi had an operation in November on his left elbow and simply earlier than Christmas on his proper.

 Joseph Parker underwent TWO elbow surgeries ahead of his fight with Anthony Joshua

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Joseph Parker underwent TWO elbow surgical procedures forward of his fight with Anthony Joshua

He had apparently been preventing in ache for the final two years.

Barry stated: "We have now not been hiding this however now it has come out I can inform Joshua that Joe can be a special animal from the one he noticed taken the space by Hughie Fury.

"There have been chips of bone floating in each joints, stress in the sockets and extreme calcification of the bones in these areas.

"Joseph has been in such ache that we had to restrict his coaching periods, particularly his punching.

 Joseph Parker in training ahead of Anthony Joshua blockbuster fight

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Joseph Parker in coaching forward of Anthony Joshua blockbuster fight
 Joseph Parker will be a new fighter in time to face Anthony Joshua, says trainer Kevin Barry

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Joseph Parker can be a brand new fighter in time to face Anthony Joshua, says coach Kevin Barry
 Joseph Parker struggled with elbow injuries during Hughie Fury win

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Joseph Parker struggled with elbow accidents throughout Hughie Fury win

"With out query this had an enormous impact on his performances in 2017. By the point he came to visit right here to fight Fury he couldn't straighten his left arm. So he couldn't lead together with his jab as regular and had to rely on simply throwing left hooks.

"We have now not been secretive. All of the media who got here to our sunshine coaching camp in Las Vegas could have seen the scars on each elbows.

"So profitable has the surgery been that Joe is happier than for a very long time. He’s ache-free and in a lot better situation.

"As a result of he can practice usually, he’s leaner and with a glow on him, as individuals have observed since he's arrived in London."

Barry defined the delay in surgery was as a result of the prospect to win the WBO belt emerged.

He stated: "We have been prepared to go together with the physician a while in the past however the probability got here to fight Carlos Takam in a remaining eliminator for one in every of Joshua's titles which made Joseph a compulsory challenger.

"Then got here the prospect to fight Andy Ruiz Jr for the WBO title which was too massive of an opportunity to flip down.

"As a result of we took that call we’ve got a primary world heavyweight title fight between two undefeated champions on British soil."

Parker, 26, beat Hughie Fury by way of cut up choice in September – however seemed unconvincing.

Barry warned IBF, WBA and IBO king Joshua, 28, that this time nothing will maintain him again.

 Anthony Joshua has been warned he faces a new Joseph Parker

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Anthony Joshua has been warned he faces a brand new Joseph Parker
 Anthony Joshua trains ahead of world title fight with Joseph Parker

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Anthony Joshua trains forward of world title fight with Joseph Parker
 Anthony Joshua is looking to add the WBO heavyweight belt to his collection

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Anthony Joshua is wanting to add the WBO heavyweight belt to his assortment

He stated: "The Joseph Parker that you simply noticed towards Fury won’t be the person you'll meet in the ring in Cardiff on March 31.

"He will probably be quicker, in a position to throw extra punches and hitting with the facility of two years in the past.

"I might say that he’s now punching as closely as Joshua. The surgery has balanced out the facility between them."

Parker's promoter, David Higgins, slammed AJ for refusing to converse to New Zealand and Samoan journalists yesterday in Sheffield.

He stated: "These individuals have come a great distance from Joseph's two nations of origin they usually deserve respect.

 Joseph Parker has banned handshakes in London to avoid GERMS

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Joseph Parker has banned handshakes in London to keep away from GERMS
 Joseph Parker will be a more powerful puncher in time to face Anthony Joshua, his camp claim

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Joseph Parker shall be a extra highly effective puncher in time to face Anthony Joshua, his camp declare
 Joseph Parker is hoping surgery will have him at his best for Anthony Joshua fight

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Joseph Parker is hoping surgery could have him at his greatest for Anthony Joshua fight

"This provides an perception into the psychological angle of Staff Joshua. Hopefully Joshua will give them some respect on the major media convention subsequent Tuesday."

Higgins additionally revealed Parker is refusing to shake arms with Londoners in worry of spreading GERMS.

He defined: "We've come from the heat of Vegas to wintery climate right here which as everyone is aware of has introduced a variety of bugs with it.

"Joe is comfortable to give a fist bump however we’re additionally starting to put on gloves to be sure he doesn't decide up any chilly or flu."


talkSPORT is the one place you possibly can pay attention to radio commentary of the large heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker.

Adam Catterall, Dom McGuinness, John Rawling and Glenn McCrory will probably be ringside on the Principality Stadium to convey you reside protection from 8pm. Pay attention on DAB, by means of Sky Channel  0108 or on talkSPORT.com right here. 

JOSEPH PARKER underwent secret surgery on BOTH elbows forward of his blockbuster world title fight with Anthony Joshua.

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