Boxing news: Joseph Parker vs Junior Fa, results, next fight, news, updates, heavyweights, scorecards,

Two of Kiwi boxing’s best stars put on a brilliant tactical battle as a twelve-round heavyweight clash went the length.

In entrance of 8,000 followers in Auckland, previous WBO entire world heavyweight winner Joseph Parker saw off his NZ countryman Junior Fa in what was billed as the greatest struggle in NZ boxing background.

Parker claimed the victory in a unanimous final decision (119-109, 115-113, 117-111) but failed to get the type of assertion victory that would have rocketed him again up into entire world title competition.

But the undercard was totally wild, with some very low-blow controversy, a 29-second farce, and a ‘circus’ showdown with a 45kg and 32cm height variation among two heavyweights.

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Covid lockdown announced mid-event

Covid lockdown declared mid-celebration

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Number of envisioned Junior Fa to final twelve rounds – or even fifty percent that length – but the 31-calendar year-old underdog, unbeaten in 19 fights coming into Saturday’s bout, confirmed off a robust gameplan concentrated about clinching and utilising his remaining hand to frame Parker right before landing his ideal hand.

The 3cm shorter and 10kg lighter Parker constantly pushed the speed of the struggle, regularly charging to the inside of of Fa’s jab (with Fa boasting an 11cm arrive at benefit). He continuously worked the overall body properly and opened up a lower on Fa’s remaining eye, nevertheless it experienced minimal affect on his rival.

And even nevertheless Fa made use of his counter properly to sting Parker on many situations, Parker’s larger volume and his aggression finally explained to on the scorecards.

Fa mentioned: “That was a difficult struggle. All credit score to Joe Parker for a fantastic struggle. It was a fantastic lesson. I will need to choose up my volume.

“I felt very good in there. This was fantastic for my confidence.”

Parker, now 28-2, has only missing to Uk superstars Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte – the prior costing him the WBO entire world title.

But now the #3 ranked WBO heavyweight will be targeting a prospective title shot versus the winner of Oleksandr Usyk and Joe Joyce who will shortly do battle for the interim heavyweight crown, nevertheless Parker has declared he desires to confront Derek Chisora right before that prospective matchup.

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In the second televised struggle of the evening, Panuve Helu and Nik Charalampous was adjudged a attract in amazingly controversial trend.

Charalampous landed dozens of shots below the belt all over the struggle. He was warned in the second round, and docked a position in the fourth.

But he ongoing to concentrate on the groin of Helu, irrespective of the referee in the sixth and last round saying many occasions to “get individuals punches up.”

Commentators referred to as for more position penalties and even disqualification more than the dodgy ways.

But in the stop, and subsequent a lengthy delay, the judges referred to as it a attract – both equally fighters acquiring a 58-fifty six scorecard in their favour and the third judge calling it a 57-57.

Followers had been significantly from content, with boos ringing out about the packed arena.

Bizarre end to boxing bout

Weird stop to boxing bout



In the following struggle, two-time Commonwelath Games gold medallist David Nyika wanted just 20 seconds to claim a KO in his initial-ever expert struggle.

He caught unfavoured opponent Jessie Maio behind the ear with a ideal hook soon after Maio ducked into a shot, sending Maio to the floor.

The underdog complained the shot was to the again of the head – possibly hoping for a position deduction from the referee – but didn’t get again to his toes inside of ten seconds.

The referee experienced no alternative but to wave off the struggle in farcical conditions, with the get verified as a initial-round TKO.

Nyika mentioned: “I’m sorry I didn’t get to put the show on I required to.”


Midway by the evening, the ring announcer arrived into the ring and – in his trademark voice – uncovered Auckland would be heading into lockdown the following morning.

It was a strange second, with the crowd of 8,000 people today in the Sparks Arena booing the information – right before cheering when the announcer declared the fights would even now be ongoing.

Ahio BRUTALLY brings down giant!

Ahio BRUTALLY provides down huge!

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Preposterous Combat IN Weight MISMATCH

The last struggle of the undercard was something extra like a sideshow spectacle than a expert showdown.

Julius Long, a 7’1, 148.2kg monster, was fighting 104.6kg and 6’0 heavyweight Hemi Ahio.

Long used pretty much all of the struggle on the ropes, copping an totally battering, but landing a selection of huge shots to the lesser fighter – together with a knockdown halfway by the eight-round battle.

But eventually Ahio created the injury fork out, flooring Long 2 minutes and 55 seconds into Round 7 in an earth-shaking slam to the floor.

It was an totally wild struggle, the type we don’t usually see. There was loads of mindgames – Ahio backing off and begging Long to depart the basic safety of the corner, Long never obliging – and even at the time or twice increasing his palms in a victory celebration.

Ahio, now seventeen-, moves Long’s document to eighteen-25-one.

“Well, which is a payday for my relatives,” Long mentioned soon after taking care of to get back his toes.

“I understood I hurt him with every shot…he experienced to drop finally,” Ahio mentioned.

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Heavyweight: Joseph Parker d. Junior Fa: Unanimous final decision (119-109, 115-113, 117-111).


From 5.30pm AEDT

Heavyweight: Hemi Ahio d. Julius Long : Round 7 KO

Cruiserweight: David Nyika d. Jessie Maio: Round one TKO

Cruiserweight: Nik Charalampous v Panuve Helu — Attract – 58-fifty six, fifty six-58, 57-57.

86kg catchweight: Jerome Pampellone d. Anthony Amouta: Round one TKO.

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