Joseph Parker will take a significant step in the advancement of his boxing career by signing a six-year deal with promoters David Higgins and Dean Lonergan this week.
Regarded as the next best thing in New Zealand boxing, Parker told a press conference in Auckland on Tuesday that he couldn't be happier with the arrangement he was about to start.
"Those two men [Higgins and Lonergan] know the business of boxing better than anyone and for them to make a long term commitment to me has given me a real boost," he said.
Parker, who had a second round TKO over Dean Garmonsway in his professional debut in July, will be a headline fighter in the Fight for Life night in December. His opponent will be named later in November.
"As a professional boxer I have learnt very quickly that you need as much help as you can get.
"Having Duco Events in my corner means that all I have to do is to show up every day and work hard – all other things are taken care of. They are putting a lot of time, energy and money into me and that is humbling," he said.
Parker is now committed to repaying their faith in him.
Higgins said: "We think Joseph has the goods to go a long way and, if he applies himself, possibly all the way to a world title.
"The way he is training right now is encouraging. A hungry fighter is a good fighter. And he's certainly showing plenty of hunger with the work he is doing."
Fitness training Lee Parore is working with Parker and in their first five weeks Parker has shed 12kg to be 106kg, his target weight for the Fight for Life contest.
Parker said: "Training with him [Parore] has opened my eyes and made me reliase that the training I was doing earlier in the year was not up to standard.
"Lee has an ability to help fighters lost weight and build strength. It's hard work – the hardest I have ever done, but I wouldn't have it any other way."
Lonergan said the intention was to move Parker through regional and Commonwealth systems and into title eliminators as quickly as possible.
"The heavyweight division is there for the taking. We're backing Joseph Parker to eventually take it," he said.
Parker's manager Sir Bob Jones said: "Joseph is only 20 years old so anything, good or bad, can happen in the future.
"But he is a terrific prospect and at least with Duco Events on board the boy will have a much better chance at successfully navigating his way through the world of boxing."