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A Samoan view of Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker

Samoan broadcaster Seti Afoa explains the hype surrounding WBO champion Joseph Parker.

Anthony Joshua And Joseph Parker Media Workouts Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images

Samoa’s Seti Afoa is the only broadcaster from his country in Wales for the big heavyweight championship unification bout.

He spoke to BBC Sport about the country’s pride in Joseph Parker, whose parents were both born in the country.

"All the talk in Samoa right now is about the fight. Yesterday, there was a prayer function in the country, praying for Joseph Parker. That’s how far it gets.

"When you get to that level of national support, it’s massive.

"It is Easter Sunday in Samoa when it’s fight night here. The fighters will walk out around 10:30pm here, perfect timing for Samoa, around 12:30pm on Sunday. Church is done, lunch is done. You could say it’s a divine appointment.

"We have a TV station that picks it up and it’s free to air around the country. That’s the case for all Parker fights. That’s how big this guy is.

"People will be in front of a TV set, they’ll be anywhere looking at the fight, I would say 90% of of the country will be watching the fight.

"I think Joseph Parker has more than a prayer. He comes in here with confidence that we haven’t seen before."

Parker has the weight of two nations' expectations on his shoulders with his native New Zealand and the country of his parents birth in Samoa, yet the 26-year-old seems to be taking everything in his stride, looking particularly calm at last night's public workout.

Could we be in for a mammoth upset? The guy looks lean, confident, calm and collected. If he gets his quick hands going and triples up on that jab then we could be in for a very interesting and technical 12 rounds of boxing.

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