Danny Parker is not your average teenager.
While other 17-year-olds are busy with classes, homework, parties and movies, the youngster is focused on a far more demanding endeavor: becoming a world champion.
“This is the only thing I do, and the only thing I have enjoyed to do in my life,” Parker told KickboxingZ.
“I left school at 16 to pursue this game full time, and I’m at the gym every day training and teaching. When I’m not in camp, I do go out with friends but that’s about it.”
Parker continues his quest this Friday with a match against Georgia’s Giorgi Bibilashvili at the Feel the Fury 4 event in Paphos, Cyprus. His bout is a featured fight at the event, and a 73 kg title will go to the winner.
The London-born Cyprus resident doesn’t know much about Bibilashvili, but looks forward to fighting before the local crowd.
“I have no idea,” he said, when asked for his thoughts on facing Bibilashvili. “(I) haven’t seen him fight or anything.”
“It should be a good fight, and it’s in my hometown so I can’t wait for this Friday. I am 100 percent ready for the fight.”
If Parker (9-5, 2 KOs) prevails, it will be his third consecutive win since a pair of losses last year. Parker competed twice for the prestigious King of Kings (KOK) organization, but lost a hard-fought decision to Stefanos Argyrou and was stopped by top Lithuanian fighter Sigitas Gaizauskas.
He’s hoping to get another opportunity with a big organization soon. Parker said “it would be an honor” to fight for KOK again, or on another big event in Cyprus.
In the meantime, while many of his peers are enjoying their summers away from the classroom, Parker will be grinding away in the gym working towards his dream.
“I would love to win a world title in one of the big organizations such as One FC or GLORY. That’s my main end goal, and to have an aggressive style that fans love.”
Danny would like to thank his trainer Arturos Akopian, Chris Christodolou, his new sponsor Tony Theo, and Chalkie’s Bar.