Parsley now holds a perfect 8-0 record.
Brooklyn Native Takes Down Local Native in Boston
Delen “Sniper” Parsley (8-0, 2 KOs) headed north to Boston on Thursday night, extending his perfect professional record to 8-0 after defeating local native Dustin Reinhold (5-3, 2 KOs) at the House of Blues in Boston. The win is the second of 2012 for the Brooklyn native, who kick started his year with a massive victory over the previously unbeaten Boyd Melson (8-1, 4 KOs) in March.
“It was a good fight. He was a durable dude, and I can’t take anything away from him,” Parsley said of Reinhold. “I came out the first round banging, you know what I mean, seeing what he had and going to the body a little bit. Second round, I went in there to see where his power was at, catching his punches and rolling, just showing that I was 100% there. In the third round, I came out and boxed, landed a few good right hands, and then I banged up my right hand. So the last few rounds, I was just boxing and using my jab mostly, spinning off hooks. I couldn’t really use my right hand. I threw it, but I couldn’t throw it with the intensity I wanted to.”
In the gym, you can emulate many of the things you may see in the ring, but dealing with the loss of power in your right hand is a tough task for a fighter to make part of his preparation. When asked what you can do to be ready, Parsley summed it up in one word.
“Running,” he stated. “You have to have those legs because you’re forced to box. You can’t trade. You need durable legs, and you have to work on your slipping. After a while, he’s going to notice you’re not throwing your right hand. You can throw it, but you have to throw it in combinations. Jabs, fake him, step to him – just make him think that you’re the aggressor. Keep walking to him, keep backing him down. Don’t let him think you’re ever backing up because of an injury.”
The injury to his right hand is something that flared up in the bout against Melson, but Parsley shook it off after that fight before having it reoccur on Thursday night.
“I’m going to get it checked because you never know,” he remarked. “It can feel good, and then the next fight, you could break it. We’re going to get it checked out just to make sure everything is good.”
After not allowing himself much time to enjoy his last victory, Parsley confirmed he felt right back at home when he got in the ring to face Reinhold, despite being the visitor against a hometown opponent.
“It felt great. I felt back at work,” he commented. “I felt like it was a good win, another step towards where we need to go. He had the crowd, and I got booed the whole night. Through all the adversity, all the boos, we pulled out the win. Now you have a reason to boo me. Not because I’m from New York, but because I came here and beat your hometown fighter.”
Much like the hype he gains from fighting in front of his fans in New York/New Jersey, Parsley says he gains the same amount of motivation from traveling into enemy waters and hearing it from the opposing crowd in attendance.
“I feed off it,” he laughed. “They tried to say I had nothing for him, so I said ‘Okay, you’ll learn tonight. Every time you come at me, I’m going to hit you with something. Every time you come at me, I’m going to feed you that jab. Come on, get in here. Eat that, eat that!’”
After picking up his eighth professional win, Parsley plans to get back to work fairly soon, and he says fight fans can expect to see him again before the end of the summer.
“I’ll be back in the gym in like three weeks,” he said. “We’re looking to go again mid-August. So if everything’s right with my hand, we should be back in the ring in mid-August.”