Former WBO heavyweight titleholder Parker (25-2, 19 KO) was originally supposed to face Eric Molina, but Molina wound up pulled from the fight, which is to be Parker’s Matchroom debut.
Leapai (32-7-4, 26 KO) is 39 years old and hasn’t had a notable win since 2013, which set up a 2014 fight with Wladimir Klitschko, who predictably pummeled Leapai.
“A stoppage would be nice, that’s the goal going into every fight,” Parker said. “I just have to change up the mind set to not only go in there and win, but go in and KO someone and make a statement. This is my first fight with Matchroom Boxing USA and DAZN so I want to make that statement, there’s no pressure but I do have to go out there and look good.”
Parker lost to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte in back-to-back fights last year, and says he’d like to get rematches. The fight with Leapai will be Parker’s first as a co-feature, underneath a middleweight world title fight between American champion Demetrius Andrade and Polish challenger Maciej Sulecki.
The Parker vs Leapai live is a poor mismatch, but Hearn says it’s a match-up in which Parker can make a statement to the heavyweight division. Unfortunately, Leapai is well past his prime at 39, and not one of the ranked contenders. You can argue Leapai on the level of a Tom Schwarz type fighter, but he’s not been given an elevated ranking by the World Boxing Organization like he had going into his contest last Saturday night against lineal heavyweight strap holder Tyson Fury. Parker vs Leapai live stream