The ongoing sage continues with the potential all New Zealand heavyweight clash between ex WBO champion Joseph Parker against unbeaten Junior FA.
It is a much hyped clash between two fighters that fought four times against each other in the amateurs, both winning two bouts each. Up to now, the arguments have been over money, both the purse and revenue share. With these hurdles seemingly sorted, now they are arguing over which gloves are to be used.
“It’s a deal breaker” Parker’s manager David Higgins tells Newshub.
“It’d be like the world cup final handing out everyone a Kiwi cricket bat and saying ‘here you go boys, we’re all using the same plastic bat’.
“That’s maybe how UFC works. But it’s not how boxing works… we’re not going to change the norms and the conventions and the history of boxing to please the Junior Fa camp.”
“Gloves are one of those battlegrounds of fairness” says Fa’s manager Mark Keddell.
“We think it’s pretty fair. I think the rest of the NZ public would think it’s pretty fair, wouldn’t they?
“If you want to have a 20/20 match, Fa v Parker, happy days. Use a different bat…but we’re talking about a boxing fight, aren’t we?
“Everything’s really even in the UFC. It pits two men against each other and that’s what we want.”