Joseph Parker’s coach, Kevin Barry was not at all happy with promoter Dean Lonergan’s decision to offer Sonny Bill Williams $1 million to put his New Zealand heavyweight boxing belt on the line to the winner of Parker and Afa Tatupu fight.
The coach said he would have preferred Lonergan had waited until after the fight to announce the million dollar deal.
He said despite the call he was certain his fighter wasn’t letting the controversy get to him. Meanwhile, Lonergan said Barry’s comments were typical of the boxing coach.
Parker and Tatupu are set to fight on Thursday at the Trust Arena in Auckland.
Duco Promotions is expected to release today the name of the fighter who will take on Rotorua’s own Temuera Morrison who is featured on the undercard.
Ki te mekemeke….kei te tuki rae-ki-te-rae ano a Kevin Barry, kaiako a Joseph Parker, me Dean Lonergan, kaitairanga. Ko te take ia ko Sonny Bill Williams. E takariri ana a Kevin Barry kia Dean Lonergan i te mea kotahi miriona taara kua whakatakotoria ki te aroaro o Sonny Bill Williams, kia whakatūria e ia te tātua taumaha o Aotearoa. Ina, ka whakaae a Sonny Bill, ko Joseph Parker ko Afa Tatupu rānei ka whawhai i a Sonny Bill. Heoi hei tā Dean Lonergan, kei te wero noa iho rātou i a Parker kia rongo ai ia i ngā taumahatanga, ā, kia reri ai a Parker mo te huarahi matua, arā, te tātua taumaha o te Ao. Ka whawhai a Parker rāua ko Tatupu a te pō o te Rāpare.