New Zealander Parker, currently based in Las Vegas to prepare for the unification title fight at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on April 1, might be on good terms with the controversial Fury, but said he won’t trade secrets in the ring to help keep him him sharp ahead of the bout in the Welsh capital.
Recently former heavyweight champion Fury offered to assist with Parker with his training, to help him lift the IBF and WBA belts off Englishman Joshua.
However Kevin Barry, the trainer of WBO champion Parker, said it wouldn’t make sense to ask Fury to spar with Parker when they arrived in the United Kingdom prior to the fight.
“With two weeks out we don’t need to be getting in the ring with a six-feet nine (inches) Tyson Fury,” Barry told Sky Sports. “But Tyson is a great friend of our team and we appreciate all the support that he gives us.
“But that doesn’t work out for us. Once we hit English soil we will be in a tapering-off phase, we may spar a couple of four-rounders but it will be against somebody six-foot six – someone who looks and fights a bit like Joshua.”
Parker, though, said it could still benefit him to have Fury around ahead of the much-anticipated stoush which is expected to be staged in front of 80,000 fans.
Parker also said he would no hesitation in landing more blows to search for a knockout victory if Joshua starts to wobble in the 12-round bout.
“I wouldn’t give him the chance to recover. I will be in there and I will pounce, and try to get him out of there as fast as I can.”
He was adamant he wouldn’t be intimidated a massive crowd, the vast majority who will be cheering on Joshua.
“A lot of people think we are going to freeze because we haven’t really experienced the big crowd, but I think there is only pressure if you put pressure on yourself,” Parker added. “I am relaxed and calm.
“It is just another fight, just another ring. Just with a bigger crowd. We are actually excited, can’t wait for it.”