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  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 the ladder.

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 Title shot.

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 globe.

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 undefeated record.

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.


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