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Joseph Parker-Lucas Browne in Play For August in New Zealand

Former WBO heavyweight champion champion Joseph Parker is being position to return to the ring in the month of August in New Zealand, before an exclusive live crowd.

The event is slated to help the launch of DAZN's streaming service in New Zealand.

Parker's manager, Davis Higgins, is working out the details with the boxer's promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom.

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At the moment, the most likely opponent is former WBA champion Lucas Browne.

Browne was scheduled to fight back in March, against Apti Davtaev, as part of a Showtime televised card in Las Vegas. The entire event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Parker was in action back in February, when he traveled to Texas and easily stopped Shawndell Winters in five rounds.

Higgins was hoping to get Parker's rival, undefeated Junior Fa, but he claims Fa's asking price for the contest was "unrealistic."

"Lucas Browne is a much bigger name than Junior Fa," Higgins told Newshub. "He's been in a sold-out O2 arena in London, has a profile in the UK and he's only had a couple of losses to very good opponents."

If a deal is not reached with Browne, Newshub reveals that another option is undefeated Dempsey McKeen, an awkward southpaw from Queensland.

Right now, the local government has a restriction on gatherings, limiting them to no more than 100 people, but Higgins is adamant the event will only go ahead if they can guarantee safety as well as financial viability.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Lonelystoner on 05-09-2020

Parker is a waste of time. He going the Crawford route

Comment by Jack Rivers on 05-09-2020

Great, another fight that no one cares about except degenerate gamblers. Just when i thought boxing was going to turn the corner and have the best fight the best, we keep having ***** match ups. No one cares about washed…

Comment by Jkp on 05-08-2020

[QUOTE=pollywog;20556102]Its Eddie Hearns job to line up a decent fight for Parker. Chisora ducked Joe for Usyk, Whyte dont want none of his smoke considering their first fight and all them smack talking stateside wannabes just want an easy road…

Comment by Jkp on 05-08-2020

Guessing they looking for an australian/nz based opponent because of travel restrictions? That would be only way this fight makes sense. It's better than fighting no one I guess. And guarantees Parker another highlight reel ko.

Comment by pollywog on 05-08-2020

Its Eddie Hearns job to line up a decent fight for Parker. Chisora ducked Joe for Usyk, Whyte dont want none of his smoke considering their first fight and all them smack talking stateside wannabes just want an easy road…

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