Parker: "I Want To Make A
Statement At Spark Arena"
Joseph Parker says he wants to "make a statement" when locks
horns with long-term rival Junior Fa for the vacant WBO
Oriental Heavyweight Title at Spark Arena in Auckland, New
Zealand on Saturday February 27, live on DAZN.
Parker (27-2, 21 KOs) returns to Spark Arena for the first
time since claiming the WBO Heavyweight Championship against
Mexico's Andy Ruiz Jr just over four years ago.
Three consecutive knockout wins have rebuilt the South
Aucklanderís World Title aspirations since back-to-back
losses to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte, and Parker hopes
these wins have kick-started his route back to the top of
But first, he needs to settle the 11-year old rivalry with
his long time amateur nemesis, Junior Fa. With two wins a
piece from their amateur boxing days, Parker knows heís one
step away from potential fights back among the Heavyweight
elite, but he cannot take Fa for granted.
ďJuniorís a tough fighter,Ē said Parker. ďIíve known this
from our amateur days and I always knew our paths would
cross again. Heís undefeated and poses a real threat to my
hopes of becoming a two-time Heavyweight World Champion.
ďBut Iíve been up against the best and Iíve performed on the
big occasions, and these experiences will put me in a great
position to overcome Junior and take the next step towards
winning another World Title.Ē
Ranked at No.3 in the world by the WBO, a fourth consecutive
win will see Parker knocking on the door for another World
Back at the place that arguably hosts Parkerís most
memorable moment of his career, he knows everything is on
the line. The Samoan is fighting for his pride, his future
and to finally settle the score with Fa once and for all.
ďItís been a long training camp, but I feel like Iím firing
on all cylinders,Ē added Parker. ďThe sparring has been
quality to help me prepare. With Matchroomís blessing and
backing, this gives the fight more worldwide exposure. All
eyes will be on during a busy boxing weekend around the
ďI know Junior pulled out of the fight last year with health
issues, but Iím feeling way better myself as well, the extra
time allowed me to have minor surgery on my elbow which has
cleared up a niggling injury.
ďJunior is getting a lot of confidence from the amateur days
but Iím a totally different animal now. Weíre going to see
the best Junior Fa. He brings height, reach and an
ďIf I lose this fight, itís a long way back to the top. Iím
not putting extra pressure on myself, but I know the
magnitude of this fight. If I let my hands go in there, it
will do a lot of damage, I want to get him out of there.
ďIím still young and hungry. Thereís plenty of goals to
achieve still. I want to be Champion of the World again; I
want to provide my family with a comfortable life. To
achieve both of those objectives, I need to beat Junior.
ďThe division is on fire at the minute, it would be great to
see the Undisputed fight with 'AJ' and Fury but make no
mistake, I want another shot. Iím not shy about jumping in
with anyone, but I canít overlook Junior first of all, I
want to make a statement at Spark Arena.Ē
Parker vs. Fa tops a big night of action in Auckland,
Auckland-based Heavyweight Julius Long (18-24-1, 14 KOs)
meets Hemi Ahio (16-0, 11 KOs) over eight rounds, Hamilton
Cruiserweight David Nyika makes his professional debut
against Jesse Maio (3-0, 1 KO), Nik 'The Greek' Charalampous
(19-3, 9 KOs) takes on Panuve Helu (12-2-1, 11 KOs) in a
six-round Cruiserweight contest and Jerome Pampellone (2-0,
1 KO) faces Anthony Amouta in a four-round catchweight
contest at 87kg.