by Kris Anthony (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will not be taking Junior Fa likely when they collide on December 11 in Auckland (New Zealand). He has so much to lose as a loss to Fa will likely end his days at top level.
Many are viewing this fight as a fighter on the way down (Parker) against the fighter on the way up (Fa).
After losing his WBO title to Anthony Joshua in a unification fight in 2018 then losing his next fight to Dillian Whyte four months later, he has won three fights in a row to claim the number three spot in the WBO rankings. Fa, unbeaten in nineteen fights, has the number six position.
“I think this fight is pretty much make or break for me,” Parker told Stuff.
“People are saying there’s a lot of pressure and big risk, and they are right. I’ve had two losses and if I lose another one it will be very hard to climb back to the top. People will be saying, ‘why is he fighting, he has already had his time’.
“If Junior Fa loses, he can come back having just had one loss to a former champion. So there is a lot of risk from our side but in saying that I love pressure and I love the risk factor of boxing. There was no point sitting back waiting a year or even two years to get a big fight. I said to David (Higgins, manager) and Kevin (Barry, trainer) I’m hungry for a fight, I don’t care who it is. So everyone was on board and finally we’ve made it happen.”
While Parker is widely viewed as a big favorite to win the fight, he won’t be overlooking Fa in any way.
“Even though my record shows my opponents have been a better class, you can’t take anything lightly. It’s the heavyweight game, anything can happen. Look at Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin recently. Povetkin was getting owned and then one punch took Dillian apart,” Parker added.
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