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Lennox Lewis has spotted two flaws in Parker's technique which Whyte and AJ exposed

GiveMeSport | Updated: 2018-08-26 19:04:11

Boxing great and former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has offered some free advice to Joseph Parker after the former WBO heavyweight champion lost back-to-back fights.

Parker became the first boxer to take unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to the final bell back in March but didn't do quite enough to avoid suffering the first defeat of his career. 

In a bid to make an instant return to the world title mix, Parker agreed to face the number one WBC contender, Dillian Whyte in July, but after 12 rounds and both men seeing the canvas, it was Whyte who came out on top.

Following his back-to-back defeats, boxing great, Lennox Lewis has stepped up to offer the New Zealander some free advice to consider for the next time he steps into the ring.

The former three-time world heavyweight champion, who ended his career with an impressive record of 41-2-1 (32), has pointed out that Parker's predictability with his right hand and the lack of lateral movement are two key areas he needs to work on improving.

“Good fighters can really take advantage of that – and they did,” Lewis, told the NZ Herald.

“And one of the big problems is that he moves straight back.

“He doesn’t give you angles, and a blind man can basically weather two punches from Joseph Parker and throw four punches back and will hit him because he only moves back in the same space.”

However, despite recent observations from Lewis, many critics say that Parker should changing his coach Kevin Barry, but 'The Lion' says that isn't necessarily the answer.

“These things can be fixed, he just needs the proper training. I’m not saying that he has a bad trainer, he just needs someone to teach him a couple of things. He can still be with his trainer, he just needs to learn,” said Lewis.

“It’s like golf, if you start off bad that’s just the way you’re going to be doing it. It’s more about reprogramming himself and then working on that. I had to do that, that’s what made me a five-dimensional fighter. In the fight I can change my style.”

Lewis only lost two fights during his long and distinguished career against Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman, but the London-born fighter later went on to gain revenge over both men - which means back-to-back defeats for Parker might not mean the end of his success in boxing.

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