JOSEPH PARKER is back in the ring this weekend with a huge domestic dust-up against fellow New Zealander Junior Fa.All eyes will be on the Spark Arena in Auckland as the heavyweight pair finally do battle after their initial bout was postponed last year.
On Saturday, Parker squares off with Junior Fa at Auckland’s Spark Arena, aiming for his fourth straight win in his bid to return to the elite tier of world heavyweight title consideration.
The 29-year-old has a ready-made fight against Dereck Chisora awaiting him in the UK, but the Matchroom Boxing boss says a loss to his fellow South Aucklander could be a setback from which he never recovers.
“They start trading blows on Saturday and [Parker] walks into one, his career is over,” Hearns tells Newshub. “Forget fighting for a world title.
“A defeat for Joseph Parker would be catastrophic and I think there’s huge pressure on him.
“He may have to retire, or he may have to come back in an eight or 10-rounder, and he may not want to have to do that.
“But I’m hoping, after this fight, we can stand on a mountain and shout ‘Joseph Parker is back’, and then start this path for him to regain his word title.”
When is Joseph Parker vs Junior Fa?
Joseph Park vs Junior Fa takes place on Saturday, February 27.
The ring walk time is expected at around 9.30am UK time – this is 10.30pm local time in New Zealand.
The Spark Arena in Auckland plays host, with strict COVID protocols in place.
What TV channel and live stream is Joseph Parker vs Junior Fa on?
DAZN will be broadcasting the fight live in the UK.
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Coverage begins at 6.30am.
Who is fighting on the undercard?
Joseph Parker vs Junior Fa (heavyweight)
Hemi Ahio vs Julius Long (heavyweight)
Nikolas Charalampous vs Panuve Helu (cruiserweight)
David Nyika vs Jesse Maio (cruiserweight)
Alrie Meleisea vs Lani Daniels (heavyweight)
Jerome Pampellone vs Antz Amouta (light-heavyweight)
Richie Hadlow vs Obedi Maguchi (super-lightweight)
John Parker vs Egelani Taito (light-heavyweight)
Phil Telea vs Niro Iuta (heavyweight