@bovidae I don't want to be negative but this needed to happen 4-5 years ago.
Joe is not going to be on anyone's radar after that hugathon and I doubt a new trainer is going to get Parker to stop leading with his head or throwing off balance barely damaging weak wristed punches. A new trainer isn't going to sort out Parker's T-Rex like reach either.
Who ever he works with they need to get Parker to use his speed, which isn't what it was, so he can stick and move. Cliche but that is what he needs to do. He's a small heavyweight that stands in front of his opponents. If he could develop a "step to the side" body shot or over hand he might just have a chance. But I think the horse has bolted. Great chin, pretty good late career stamina and above average hand speed but that's it for me.
Problem with Parker is that he wants to base himself in NZ as well, so getting a change in trainer is gonna be hard for him. I'd like to see him team up with Fury's team at Kronk with Sugar Hill to work on his offence in an ideal world, but with him staying in NZ, there aren't many options for him.
Do you think Parker needs to come to the realisation that he’s already had a good career and it’s not gonna get any better ?
Mind you what is it with boxers going on far longer than they should ? Happens more than in any other sport. Parker seems too wise for that to happen though.
I suspect he has, and has decided to make his cash go further by staying here.