It was just over twelve months ago when London's Rossco Parker entered the UK's premier boxing league to face Ramsgate's Sam Holloway in an explosive clash for the league's vacant English Super Middleweight title. What transpired between those ropes during those five electric rounds of championship boxing has gone down in league history as one of the most exciting battles ever to grace the competition, and on Saturday May 18th both Parker and Holloway will again engage in fistic brutality as the pair meet once again inside the squared circle. The league caught up with Parker ahead of his impending showdown to chat tactics, preparations and how he sees part two of this mouth watering saga going.
QBL: Hi Rossco, thanks for taking the time to chat with us about your May 18th showdown with Sam Holloway.
Rossco Parker: It's my pleasure.
QBL: Before we chat about the big showdown on May 18th that everyone is talking about, lets look back at your last performance in March when you were involved in yet another classic with Michael McPherson. How did you feel the fight went and what did you take away from that performance?
Rossco Parker: I was really happy with my performance that night and felt that I got back to my boxing and was very comfortable in the fight. Michael is a very talented boxer with great skills so for me to get the win in such a tough fight proved what I'm capable of when fully focussed.
QBL: You've had your highs and lows in the league over the last year during some very memorable fights, how do you feel you've performed since making your debut, and how are you feeling right now about your showdown with Holloway?
Rossco Parker: I feel since joining the show I've earnt my stripes so to speak with my performances, and as I've always said there are no easy fights in the Queensbury Boxing League. Many people forget that the Holloway fight was my debut in the league after leaving the amateur ranks, and I really did not know much about him before we fought, but it was an exciting fight and one many people remember because of how it played out. I had a really good win against Dean Whitby from Manchester who again was a tough guy, and the win over McPherson who again proved to be really tough, but I think my performance against Artur Gorka was the one fight I really underperformed in because I was really just too complacent, but that won't ever happen again.
QBL: During the first fight with Holloway you pushed the action all the way through the contest, and for many it was the third round that clinched it for Holloway when he caught you with a crunching left hook that sent you to the canvas. How did you feel the fight went and did you think the final result was fair?
Rossco Parker: I think I did a lot of good work during the fight and I could tell that he felt uncomfortable every time I put the pressure on. Sam's a clever boxer and he caught me with some good counters during the bout, but I felt it was a hard close fight that could have gone either way. I know Sam thought that it was a clear victory for himself and he did have a big third round with the knockdown, but I did not argue with the decision because it was so close.
QBL: With the rematch just three weeks away now, how are your preparations going, and how are you feeling?
Rossco Parker: My training camp for this one has been excellent so far, and I'm feeling fit and more importantly fully focussed on the fight.
QBL: After sharing a ring with Sam over those five intense rounds, have you been working on anything different for this fight knowing more about what lies ahead, and do you think that experience will mean this is a different type of fight?
Rossco Parker: To be honest I've not been working on anything different for this fight as I am what I am in that ring. I'm an honest come forward style pressure fighter who loves just getting in there and having a fight. Its not going to be a tactical fight I can guarantee every one of that, this is just going to be a continuation of the last fight and I'm going to give the fans a great fight.
QBL: Speaking of support, you have built up a good following amongst the league's fans with your entertaining no nonsense style, but you also have developed a huge following in Greece to. Tell us how that came about and how Rossco Parker became so popular over there?
Rossco Parker: It all stems from one of my housemates asking me to wear the scarf of his favourite Greek team Vamos Aris at one of my league fights. They took a picture of me wearing it after the fight and it got posted over Facebook, and the next thing I know I'm getting hundreds of friend requests from Greece and they have gone mad for it. These guys are really passionate about their team and sport, and I seem to be big over there now and they all follow my boxing career now which is amazing.
QBL: And finally what can the league's fans expect to see come fight night on May 18th when you step through the ropes to meet Sam Holloway?
Rossco Parker: They can expect to see another cracking fight. I have a lot of respect for Sam as a boxer and as a person, but we are both going into this fight to win and I'm fully focussed and confident that I am going to beat him and give the fans another entertaining fight in the process.
QBL: Once again thanks for taking the time to talk to us, and like everyone else we are really looking forward to seeing you in action on the 18th.
Rossco Parker: Thank you.