Joseph Parker is New Zealand’s most successful boxer and, after defeating Andy Ruiz for the WBO title, became the first heavyweight boxer from either New Zealand or the Pacific Islands to win a major world championship. He held the WBO heavyweight title from 2016 to 2018, and previously multiple regional heavyweight championships including the WBO Oriental, Africa, and Oceania titles; as well as the PABA, OPBF and New Zealand titles. As an amateur he represented New Zealand at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the super-heavyweight division, and narrowly missed qualification for the 2012 Olympics.
Having his first fight at the early age of twelve, Parker grew and progressed, winning the 2009 New Zealand Golden Gloves Tournament in Palmerston North. Parker started boxing internationally at sixteen. He is currently ranked as one of the top 5 heavyweight boxers in the world.