It’s fair to say that there is no love lost between New Zealand heavyweight rivals Junior Fa and Joseph Parker. The two stars are set to square off on Saturday evening in Auckland, which is a homecoming for both stars as they both grew up in the same local town.
There was another exchanging of words this week, as the two heavyweights locked horns about the judges that will be ringside for their contest. The argument was kickstarted by Fa’s trainer, who claimed that Parker will be going into the fight with an advantage, since one of the judges from Christchurch would favour him.
Boxing News: Trainer Knocks Back Comment
The comment made by Mark Keddell was immediately knocked back by Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry, who made a joke about the comments made by the opposing camp. David Higgins, who is Parker’s manager, also revealed that discussions to make the fight happen have been more difficult than usual and claimed that it was easier to make a fight with other well known promoters such as Eddie Hearn and Bob Arum.
Higgins put this down to the fact that this is Fa’s biggest fight of his career, and would be looking for a landmark professional win against Parker. Parker is no stranger to the main event scene in the heavyweight division, as he has previously fought around the world against some of the biggest stars. He is also a former world champion after winning the WBO title back in December 2016.
Boxing News: Parker The Huge Star
All the focus this weekend will be on Parker, as he looks to pick up a fourth straight victory. He has been able to piece back together his form after back-to-back defeats in August against British stars Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte. Those two defeats remain the only two occasions that Parker hasn’t picked up victories in his professional career.
However, Parker and Fa are no strangers to each others, as both fighters have recorded two victories apiece against their rival at amateur level coming into this landmark fight in Auckland this weekend. The pressure will be on Parker to continue his record though, and step back into the title picture. However, it is a big opportunity for Fa, as he will have the eyes of the world of boxing on him this weekend.