45 year-old Kali Meehan plans to stop Joseph Parker next week when the two giants clash in Auckland.
Meehan steps into the ring against the unbeaten world No.6 at the Trust Arena in Auckland on October 15.
Parkert, 23, has just served as sparring partner for current world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and has a perfect 15-0 record. His last outing was against Bowie Tupou (no slouch at all). But 63 seconds of carnage was all the Jeff Fenech-trained big-man could take.
Meehan began boxing in Auckland. He moved to the Gold Coast, then the NSW Central Coast, and is currently enjoying the most financially successful time of his career.
He won $200,000 as the ‘Last Man Standing’ in a New Zealand heavyweight elimination event. He then moved on to collect a six-figure payday for dominating one of New Zealand’s favourite sporting icons, Shane Cameron, in November.
Meehan lost a wafer thin split decision to WBO title holder Lamon Brewster in Las Vegas in 2004 and says he still has the power eleven years on.
“I’ve still got the big punch and I know a lot of tricks. I feel like I’m still in my 30s. I don’t know how 45 is supposed to feel.
“I’m ready. I’ve done 80 hard rounds sparring my son who is a top-class heavyweight. I know it’s going to be a very hard fight and I think the fans are really in for a treat.
Meehan has been confined to sparring sessions with his son Willis – a former Sydney City Rooster NRL player and 2013 Australian amateur boxing champion.
Parker, meanwhile, has had four fights since November.