Joseph Parker vs. Junior Fa is an upcoming heavyweight professional boxing match contested between former WBO champion Joseph Parker and WBO interim Oriental champion Junior Fa. The bout will take place on 11 December 2020 at the Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. The event is co-promoted by David Higgins of Duco Events, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing and Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment, and is considered a history-making moment and New Zealand’s next Fight of the Century.
As well as growing up in the same neighborhood in South Auckland and being members of the same church, Joseph Parker and Junior Fa have a history stretching back to their amateur days, having fought on four occasions with two wins each. Junior Fa made his professional debut in 2016. Later that year he began plotting his path to fight against Parker. In 2017, Fa won the vacant New Zealand heavyweight title against Daniel Tai. The following year he won the WBO Oriental interim title against Luis Pascual to secure a world ranking.
In September 2018, negotiations began between team Parker and team Fa for a potential fight in December 2018. The fight failed to materialize after the teams could not come to an agreement regarding the purse split, with Parker opting to fight Alexander Flores while Fa fought on the undercard against Rogelio Rossi. At the post-event press conference, Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry unleashed verbal blows when the possibility of a Parker vs. Fa bout was mentioned.
Talks between the teams resumed in early 2020, however, they quickly broke down after Parker claimed Fa’s team priced themselves out while Fa’s team reportedly claimed they were given a lowball offer. In August Fa’s manager, Mark Keddell said the fight was close to being agreed upon, stating, We’ve sent our final offer to them today and in terms of the money I just cannot see it being a problem.
Joseph Parker vs. Junior Fa. will be held at the Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Tickets for the fight went on sale on 7 October after Duco Events announced that general admission tickets would start from a price of $69. Approximately 9,000 tickets went on sale to the general public. They had elected to go with Ticketmaster for the distribution of sales. Corporate tables went on sale privately through Duco events themselves with prices ranging from $495 for a single seat to a maximum of 14,995 for a table of 10 in the front row.
Duco events began a new partnership for this event with relatively new sports broadcaster Spark Sport and media company NZME. The fight was televised through a pay-per-view produced by Spark Sport and Duco Events. Internationally across the world, the event will be broadcast on DAZN. For New Zealand, PPV prices began at $39.99 for people wishing to purchase the event before October 26th. After that date, the price goes up to $49.99 until the 10th of December. On the 10th and 11th of December, the price will go up again to $59.99. David Higgins is aiming to break the New Zealand PPV record which is currently held by the last New Zealand Fight of the Century David Tua vs Shane Cameron. The second highest PPV record in New Zealand is held by Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker and third with highest held by UFC 253 Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa.
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