Joseph Parker and Simon Kean (The Grizzly) are scheduled to meet in a heavyweight bout on 28 October, 2023 at the Diriyah Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Let's take a look at the stats, odds of winning, and the prediction for this fight.
At 196 cm, Simon Kean is the taller of the two by 3 cm; Joseph Parker is 193 cm. Besides being the taller fighter, with a reach of 196 cm, Kean also has a reach advantage of 3 cm over Parker's 193 cm. They have the same ape index of 0 cm.
Parker is coming into this fight with a record of 32-3 (22 KOs). His last fight was 5 months and 4 days ago against Faiga Opelu, which he won via 1st round TKO.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of Joseph Parker vs Simon Kean.
Date: Saturday, October 28.
The fighters are expected to ringwalk at around 6:00 PM UTC at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which is 2:00 PM EST or 11:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 7:00 PM BST in the UK.
Kean, on the other hand, has nothing to lose and everything to gain from his first foray at elite level. “This is the fight that can change my life”, he said when it was announced last month.
“There are no limits after that. Like all businesses, you are there to make money. I consider my career in boxing as a business. This is the fight that could allow me to live well after this.”
Kean and his trainer Jessy Ross Thompson are full of respect for Parker's achievements and are not about to engage in trash talk with the amiable Kiwi. Still, they like their chances of an upset.
“I think I can surprise Parker,” said a confident Kean, praising his decorated opponent's “boxing IQ”.
“He's not a super athletic guy like Anthony Joshua, but if he got to where he is today, it's because he has great intelligence in the ring.
“Sometimes guys aren't the most impressive in the gym, but once you get in the ring, it's a different story.”