- former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker says he will look for a knockout against Junior Fa on February 27th in Auckland.
- Parker is a heavy -900 betting favorite to beat Fa who is currently pegged at +600
- Fa is undefeated with a record of 19-0 with 10 knockouts.
Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is looking to make a big splash on February 27th when he faces unbeaten countryman Junior Fa at Auckland’s Spark Arena.
The 29-year old Parker says that he will be looking to knock out Fa and make a statement win. The two have been trading verbal barbs in the last couple of years and that has motivated Parker to end their beef in convincing fashion. Said Parker via Stuff:
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Joseph Parker was trying to get his hands on fights against the likes of Dillian Whyte, Derek Chisora, and Oleksandr Usyk. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult not just to travel but to book a big fight against a rated contender who hails from another country. Because of that, Fa quickly emerged as the most lucrative opportunity. Not only would the two settle their grudge but the fight would determine who the best heavyweight boxer in New Zealand is.
Parker won the vacant WBO heavyweight title when he defeated Andy Ruiz in 2016. He successfully defended the belt twice before facing Anthony Joshua in a title unification in 2018. He would lose on points to AJ, surrendering his belt and suffering his first career defeat. A second straight defeat would come four months later when Dillian Whyte outpointed him at the O2 Arena in London.
He has since won three consecutive bouts, all via knockout but against low quality opposition. Fa represents a unique challenge for Parker as he is young, talented, but has not fought in the big stage. Parker is viewed as the more experienced fighter, by a mile, and the best boxing betting sites view him as a heavy betting favorite to beat Fa. According to BetOnline, Parker is a huge -900 odds on favorite to beat his opponent.
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While Joseph Parker sees the fight as an opportunity to deliver a statement, Junior Fa believes that this fight is his coming out party. According to Fa, people don’t expect him to win and that puts the pressure on Parker. Beating Parker will open the door for bigger fights and championship opportunities.
The 31-year old Fa is ranked 5th by the WBO and has an undefeated record of 19-0 with 10 knockouts. He is the WBO Oriental interim heavyweight champion who has successfully defended that belt three times. Interestingly, he will be defending the regional belt against Parker to make this fight a 12-round affair.
Fa doesn’t mind being the +600 betting favorite in this bout which was originally scheduled for December. Not only does he think that he will be fighting without any pressure but he believes that Parker is not 100% recovered from the elbow surgeries that he underwent during the delay. Whether Fa is correct or not remains to be seen.