Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Tua vs. Ortiz in Play; Parker Eyes Bout Before Botha

By Liam Napier

Joseph Parker's fight with Francois Botha has been placed in jeopardy, with the Kiwi heavyweight set to step into the ring just weeks before the biggest test of his professional career.

Details are yet to be finalised, but Sunday News understands Parker, who is in the middle of a training camp with Kevin Barry in Las Vegas, will take on a yet-to-be-confirmed opponent in Burbank, California, on May 16 in what is expected to be an eight-round fight.

Parker is scheduled to go toe-to-toe with Botha on June 13 and Duco Events promoter Dean Lonergan acknowledged there were major risks taking blows under a month before the 21-year-old takes on the South African veteran in Auckland.

"There are always risks," Lonergan said. "You're in the heavyweight division. If someone lands a punch right on the chin there's a chance you'll go down.

"We think the benefits outweigh the risks."

Lonergan admitted if Parker suffered an unlikely knockout the Botha fight may not go ahead.

"We'd have to reassess it after that," he said. "It is a possibility but it's not something that enters our mind simply because we have total faith in Joseph and Kevin."

By mid-May, Parker will have spent a month in Vegas training three times a day - living, eating and breathing boxing.

"We're in the middle of tracking down an opponent. We want someone who can mimic Botha. They've got to be durable, tough and come forward," Lonergan said.

"We need to find out if what Joseph is learning with Kevin is being taken on board. If Joseph can't implement what's required in the first fight then it's hard to think he'll pick up the strategy against Botha."

While in California, Lonergan and business partner David Higgins will also attempt to convince undefeated Cuban Luis Ortiz to renege on his request for $200,000 to fight David Tua.

Last week Sunday News revealed Miami-based Ortiz had agreed to fight Tua only to demand his purse was doubled.

The Tua-Ortiz match-up is now in the balance, with Lonergan indicating Duco was not willing to pay $200,000.

"His trainer, manager and promoter all want the fight to happen - it's just a case of us sitting down and trying to get it over the line."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jasontreks on 04-28-2013

[QUOTE=joe strong;13302940]Since he is the #2 ranked contender & is looking for a stay busy fight...Is ortiz getting that fighting stiffs? If a former contender who is 40 & offering $100000 is not the perfect stay busy fight then i…

Comment by joe strong on 04-28-2013

[QUOTE=jasontreks;13302712]Ortiz should pass unless he wants a stay-busy fight. He's ranked #2 by the WBA and can fight #1 David Haye for the 'regular' WBA belt after the September fight between W. Klitschko and Povetkin. Haye would probably take the…

Comment by jasontreks on 04-28-2013

Ortiz should pass unless he wants a stay-busy fight. He's ranked #2 by the WBA and can fight #1 David Haye for the 'regular' WBA belt after the September fight between W. Klitschko and Povetkin. Haye would probably take the…

Comment by joe strong on 04-28-2013

ortiz has a good ranking & tua is 40. $100000 doesn't sound bad to me. ortiz hasn't exactly been in the spotlite...

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Mayweather Not Focused on Surpassing Marciano's Mark of 49-0 Photos: Crawford Demolishes Indongo To Become Undisputed! Photos: Dillian Whyte, Bryant Jennings Blast Out Opponents Photos: Shakur Stevenson Dominates To Win Third FIght Joe Selkirk: I Came Back To Win a World Title Whyte: My Body Shots Would Make Wilder Fall in Three or Four! Video: Bryant Jennings Talks Wilder-Ortiz, Crawford, More Video: Andre Ward Talks Crawford, Kovalev, Stevenson, More Video: Teddy Atlas Talks Crawford, Lomachenko, Spence, More Golovkin's Trainer: If We Get Robbed With Canelo - It's Our Fault Cornflake Retires From Boxing After Winning WBC Latino Title Indongo: When Terence Crawford Hit Me - It Hurt So Bad! Pacquiao vs. Horn Rematch Negotiations Heat Up in Australia Maurice Hooker Continues Unbeaten Run, Defeats Jackson Clayton Laurent Wins Big in Pro Debut With a Knockout Terence Crawford Crushes Julius Indongo in Three To Unify Crawford vs. Indongo - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Oleksandr Gvozdyk Blasts Out Craig Baker Shakur Stevenson Drops Paz, Wins Easy Decision, Moves to 3-0 Mike Reed Dominates Rob Frankel For Decision Win Mike Alvarado With a Wicked Knockout of Sidney Siqueira Crawford-Indongo Results: Jennings, Whyte Get TKO Wins Indongo: I Studied Crawford For Years, Most Dangerous on Inside Crawford vs. Indongo - CompuBox Historical Review Indongo's Manager Explains Weigh-In Scuffle With Team Crawford Maurice Hooker Aims To Inch Closer To World Title Shot Ruslan Fayfer Beats Junior Wright for IBF #2 Cruiserweight Spot Crawford Hopes To Fight in Football Stadium in Near Future Indongo: I Know I Can Knock Terence Crawford Out if I Have To Terence Crawford-Julius Indongo: Pre-Undisputed Report Card Crawford Credits Indongo for Fighting in Opponents' Backyards Ricky Burns: Indongo's Height & Reach Made Him a Nightmare Freddie Roach Has Mixed Feelings on McGregor-Malignaggi Crawford: Winning all The Belts, Topping Kostya Tszyu is The Goal! Daily Bread Mailbag: Mayweather-McGregor, Mosley, Ward Shakur Stevenson: Me, Crawford Are Going To Put on a Show Crawford-Indongo Offers a Rare and Intriguing Unification Treat Mayweather-McGregor Odds Shift After 8-Ounce Glove Ruling Malignaggi Explains Why Conor McGregor May Get Disqualified Billy Joe Saunders: Tyson Fury Will 100% Return To Boxing
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement