“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.”
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.
“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..Parker vs Fa were both Amateur Champions who fought four times, for two wins each; and now they settle their score as Professional Boxers.
The winner will advance further in the rankings towards a world title shot, whilst the loser will have to rebuild his career.
With both Parker and Fa in their prime, this battle of epic proportions will be broadcast to the world.
New Zealand’s Duco Events, has joined forces with Joseph Parker’s UK based promoters Matchroom and New York based DiBella Entertainment to finally make possible Joseph Parker versus Junior Fa, a globally televised heavyweight boxing event, live from Spark Arena, Auckland, on December 12 (NZ time).An all-Kiwi heavyweight clash between Joseph Parker and Junior Fa is finally a reality and the intrigue in making this long awaited fight will carry into the ring.
But who wins a match-up that has plenty of history and feeling attached to it?
Here are some key areas to weigh up with the fight confirmed for December 11 at Spark Arena in Auckland.
They’re both Kiwi born but this is a south Auckland special – Parker with his Samoan heritage against Fa with his Tongan roots. They have an amateur history that needs to be sorted after it ended at 2-2. Fa’s second win over Parker halted Parker’s chances of making the 2012 London Olympics, a loss that helped convince Parker it was time to turn professional.
Parker is 27-2 with 21 KOs. Fa is 19-0 with 10 KOs. Parker has fought 165 rounds as a professional while Fa has 82 rounds under his belt. Fa is two years older at 30 and has a significant physical advantage – he’s 1.96m to Parker’s 1.93 but Fa has a 2.04m reach compared to Parker’s 1.93m. For their most recent fights Fa weighed in at 121kg while Parker was at 111kg.