Joseph Parker wants to look impressive against Junior Fa
Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (27-2, 21ko) fully understands what is at stake, and is ready to step in the ring with top prospect and fellow countryman Junior Fa (19-0, 10ko).
Parker was originally set on facing his amateur rival back on December 11. However, the fight would get pushed back after Fa had an injury that required surgery. The former world champion used this time to have both his elbows operated on to get rid of inflammation, swelling, and nagging pain.
Despite having surgeries, the former world champion will be ready going into the fight. Their clash is set to take place at the Spark Arena, Auckland NZ on February 27. He also knows a victory over the WBO #6 ranked contender would be a huge boost in his quest to become world champion again.
READY TO LOOK IMPRESSIVE
“I have to get a good victory over Junior Fa [. . .] look impressive and make a statement. I am not going to put too much pressure on myself [. . .] I am going to go out there and have fun and let it happen [. . .] and in saying that, once I get him out of the way in good fashion, then there is the opportunity to fight those guys just above me in the rankings.”
LEARNING FROM THE PAST
Now, keep in mind these two men have a history. They have fought before in the amateurs, where Fa holds a pair of victories against the former world champion. Parker is not worried about the past and believes he has become a much better fighter now. Furthermore, he believes his success in the professional ranks, and knowing his opponent’s style, gives him a huge advantage.
“When I look at the amateur days, that’s a long time ago and a lot has changed since then and has happened in both of our professional careers. I’ve had some good fights and two losses against some top-quality opponent, and he is undefeated.”
“I know, because of the past and knowing his style, I know what I have to do come February 27.”
By: Garrisson Bland