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JOSEPH PARKER VS JUNIOR FA PREVIEW: BY SAMMY DAVIS III & DEREK BRANTLEY

Joseph Parker vs. Junior Fa is heavyweight battle between former WBO champion Joseph Parker and WBO interim Oriental champion Junior Fa. The bout is scheduled to take place on 27 February 2021, 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 neighbourhood 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. Four years after making his professional debut, Parker won his first world title in December 2016 by defeating Andy Ruiz Jr. to capture the vacant WBO heavyweight title. After two successful defences Parker suffered his first professional defeat in March 2018, losing his title in a unification bout against reigning unified champion Anthony Joshua. Following the second loss of his career four months later against Dillian Whyte, Parker has embarked upon a three fight winning streak. 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 (NZPBA version) heavyweight title against Daniel Tai.The following year he won the WBO Oriental interim title against Luis Pascual to secure a world ranking. Between August 2018 and August 2019, the WBO consistently ranked Fa higher in the world rankings than Parker. The fight was intially scheduled for December 2020. But, about a month before the fight it was announced that Junior Fa was not medically fit to compete. Junior Fa team saw that Fa wasn't doing so well doing training and energy levels, so they decided to get some bloods done. The fight doctor for the event, Dr. David Renata, said the bloods were not normal and that Junior required surgery. Due to the show being postponed, some of the undercard that was scheduled to be on the show had to go elsewhere to keep their fights going. On the 18th of December it was announced that Junior Fa surgery was successful and the show was rescheduled for 27 February 2021.

THE WHEN: Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will be looking for a knockout victory when he faces unbeaten country rival Junior Fa on February 27 at Spark Arena. Parker, who has a superior edge in experience, is viewed as a big favorite to win the fight. THE STATS: Joseph Parker steps into the ring with a record of (27-2-0), with 21 knock outs.

Junior Fa has an unblemished record of 19-0-0), with 10ko's.

Parker (78%) has a large advantage in power over Fa (53%).

Joseph Parker is the younger by 2 years.

Fa has a height advantage of 1 inch and a 4-inch reach advantage.

Both Joseph Parker & Junior Fa fight out of an orthodox stance.

Parker is the more experienced;

-10 more fights.

- Been a pro fighter for approximately 3.5 years longer than Fa.


-He has fought more than double the amount of pro rounds (165 to Fa's 82)

-He's currently ranked number 7 by the WBC, 3 by the WBO, 6 by the IBF and 7 by the RING at heavyweight.

-Fa is currently ranked number 5 by the WBO and 9 by the IBF in the 201lb division. THE STATS:



Fa has been fighting more than Parker.

Parker last fought in March 2020.

Parker's last 5 fights have come over a period of approximately 3 years.

He fights on average every 7 months

He fought a total of 42 rounds.

Fa's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2.75 years.

He fights on average every 6.5 months.

He's fought a total of 32 rounds.

THE START TIME: The fighters are expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 AM UTC at Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand, which is 6:00 AM EST or 3:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 11:00 AM GMT in the UK. WHERE TO WATCH: The fight will be broadcast in the United States by DAZN. HOW TO STREAM: You can stream Parker vs Fa via the DAZN app and platform. You can download the app for PC, Apple, Android, Fire TV, Roku, your Smart TV and many others. Note: You save over 60% if you pay for a full year of DAZN.

1 month of DAZN is $19.99, while 1 year costs $99.99. THE ODDS: Joseph Parker is currently 1/10(-999) to win the contest outright, while you can get 11/2 (+550) on Junior Fa.





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