With the all New Zealand clash between former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker and unbeaten contender Junior Fa now back on track, the rescheduled date for the bout is February 27th.
The rescheduled bout was delayed initially by just a day the postponed with Fa needing surgery, with the surgery a success, the bout is now finally going ahead.
“Junior’s surgery was a success and he is well and truly on track to be fully fit and in very good health for the rescheduled date on February 27,” Dr Renata said.
David Higgins of Duco events (Parker’s promoter) said: “While the postponement of the fight was disappointing, the most important thing is that both fighters are at their very best, and there are no excuses, when they step into the ring.
“Interest only grew during the delay and the fight went on to set viewership records that still stand today,” Higgins added. “And we all saw what happened when a clearly very frustrated David Tua finally got the chance to unleash his fury.”
Joseph Parker: “We’d been working really hard to ensure I peaked in December and delivered a performance that would have made the heavyweight division sit up and take notice.
“So it was very disappointing when Junior had to postpone. But these things happen in boxing. The good thing is that Junior is now on track to be 100 percent fit and ready to go in February. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Junior Fa: “It is never ideal when these things happen, however I’m happy and relieved to confirm I’m now well and truly back on track, he said. I’ve been looking forward to this fight for a long time now, so to once again have a date locked in is great.
“Joseph Parker has held a world title before, so when I beat him, I’ll be a giant step closer to realising my own dream.”
Mark Keddell (Fa’s manager): “The fact is Junior would not have received a medical clearance to fight in December, so there’s no point wasting any more time and energy on that.
“We’ve dealt with the issue and moved on. Junior is now in great physical and mental shape. If there is any lingering frustration on the part of Duco and Joseph Parker, that’s their problem. Luckily this will all be sorted out in the ring in 11 weeks’ time. And then Mr Higgins will truly get to experience what disappointment feels like.”
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