Joseph Parker Linked to a Drug Importation and Conspiracy Case
These are some rocky times for Joseph Parker (28-2, 21 KOs). The former WBO World Heavyweight champion was heavily criticized for his performance during a win over Junior Fa on February 27. Now, he is in the middle of controversy outside the ring.
According to the New Zealand Herald, Parker was associated with international drug importation and supply conspiracy. He was not charged in connection with the case. The 29-year-old from Auckland, New Zealand has been going back and forth with the High Court and Court of appeals. On March 12t the Supreme Court of New Zealand ended its bid for confidentially.
All this stems from the 2019 trial of Tevita Fangupo, Tevita Kulu, and Toni Finau. While not being charged, prosecutors alleged Parker played a role in importing methamphetamine. Fangupo, Tulo, and Finau were found guilty during that trial.
In an affidavit, Parker said he was not involved in the purchase or importation of methamphetamine. In a statement via his lawyer, Michael Heron, the former champ said his family has been placed in an unfair position.
“Things have been said about me that are quite untrue. Some of them have already been proven untrue, and I was given no chance to respond at the time they were made.
It’s caused a lot of stress and worry for myself and my family, and it just seems totally wrong. Having said that, I need to accept the decision and get on with my life. I have other fights to fight.”
How this affects his boxing future is unknown. His camp was in negotiations to fight Dereck Chisora in May. At the very least, this is a major hit to his reputation outside of the ring.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.