Joseph Parker vs Junior Fa on December 12in Auckland in a battle between New Zealand’s two top heavyweights.
Not only is this match-up one of the biggest fights in New Zealand history, it has high significance on the heavyweight landscape worldwide
Former world champion Parker and his long-time rival Fa will finally settle a rivalry that saw them fight four times as amateur, winning twice each.
“This is going to be war,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “We’re looking forward to co-promoting our first event in New Zealand with David Higgins and Duco. There’s plenty of needle with the amateur rivalry and there’s national pride at stake. A win over Fa will catapult Joe back into world title contention.”
“Given the challenges facing major sporting events around the globe right now, getting this fight over the line is absolutely huge, and we are grateful to our partners Matchroom for their backing to make this happen,” said Parker’s manager and Duco’s founder and director David Higgins.
With both boxers inside the WBO top 10 world rankings and in their prime, this is undeniably New Zealand’s fight of the century.”
Fa’s promoter Lou DiBella said: “I’ve always believed that Junior Fa had the ability to become a world champion and, on December 12, he’ll have the opportunity to prove that against a former heavyweight champion and amateur rival, in countryman Joseph Parker.
“Not only is this match-up one of the biggest fights in New Zealand history, it has high significance on the heavyweight landscape worldwide, with the winner closing in on a world title shot.
“With a win, Junior can become a New Zealand sports superstar and a worldwide boxing star in one night. I’m proud to co-promote this historic fight card with David Higgins’ Duco Events and Matchroom.