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Joseph Parker vs. Junior Fa Talks Intensify, Fight Inches Closer

The negotiations have been on and off for the last few months, but New Zealand heavyweight rivals Joseph Parker and Junior Fa are a step closer to an agreement for a fall showdown.

Eddie Hearn, who has a multi-fight deal with Parker, did not reveal the opponent but recently stated that he's close to getting a deal done for a "great fight" to take place on a date in October. 

"It will be our first show in New Zealand and we're planning a great fight for him," Hearn said to IFL TV. "Looks like it'll be in October. It'll be a major coup to get this over the line."

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David Higgins, the manager for Parker, admits that a date in October is likely too soon - but he revealed that the negotiations to finalize a fight with Fa have resumed.

"Yes, negotiations had stalled but there have been vigorous talks behind the scenes and the fight is a lot closer to reality than it was a couple of months ago," Higgins said to the New Zealand Herald.

"We've been in negotiations now for six months and that's how long it took to put the Tua-Cameron fight together and Parker versus Joshua, so it's nothing new in terms of that. I have to say they're [the Fa camp] still being a touch greedy but if we can close the gap a bit we'll have something to announce very shortly."

According to the Herald, Fa is guaranteed a $500,000 purse and potentially a cut of pay-per-view for additional money.

Fa's handlers would not discuss the current situation with the negotiations to fight Parker, but acknowledged that "we are very close".

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by TMLT87 on 08-15-2020

Its a good job Parker is still young. Hes been doing jack **** since the Whyte fight.

Comment by REDEEMER on 08-15-2020

[QUOTE=Jkp;20705867]Fa is a nobody. His record is irrelevant. Parker be better off fighting Lucas browne. And getting a guaranteed highlight reel ko out of it.[/QUOTE] You just want Parker to have an easy fight like he’s been doing for 2…

Comment by Jkp on 08-14-2020

[QUOTE=REDEEMER;20704918]They have a profile of being journeyman at this point really fighting guys with multiple losses so it would be pointless again for Parker to accept any of those fights vs an undefeated rival in their own country so not…

Comment by mlac on 08-14-2020

[QUOTE=Aussiebox2019;20705740]your all nob jockeys, fa" is the only man to defeat parker twice so this aint gunna be no easy fight, parker should win but this fa" guy cannot be under estimated like one of eddies fall guys, this will…

Comment by Aussiebox2019 on 08-14-2020

your all nob jockeys, fa" is the only man to defeat parker twice so this aint gunna be no easy fight, parker should win but this fa" guy cannot be under estimated like one of eddies fall guys, this will…

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