Undefeated heavyweight contender Junior Fa has warned his New Zealand rival, Joseph Parker, to stay away from making their contest a brawl. (photo by photosport)
The two boxers will finally collide in Auckland on December 12.
They met four times in the amateur ranks, with each boxer picking up two victories.
Parker, a former WBO heavyweight champion, has made it clear that he can't afford to suffer a loss in this bout.
At the same time, he's very motivated to end the fight by knockout. Parker wants to get a statement win, with a twelve round decision not being enough of a verdict to send a message.
While Fa is the undefeated boxer on the rise, he is taking a serious step up in class when facing Parker.
“I expect him to come out of the gates firing, pretty much straight away. I think if it turns fiery quickly, we’ll probably see how good and how fast Joseph Parker really is because I’m a lot bigger than all the guys that he has faced,” Fa said to Stuff.
“But I think both of us are a bit too smart to get involved in a brawl too early. But you never know ... we’ll see. Training is coming along really well. Things are building hard like they’re supposed to, so this is a time I’m focusing more on my recovering, making sure that I get everything right. We are always monitoring the game plan, but we are pretty much set on what we plan to do.
“This is a huge opportunity for me. Fighting Joseph Parker brings on a lot of rewards if I win. So I’m making sure that I’m training my hardest because an opportunity like this possibly won't present itself twice. I’m making sure I grab it with both hands.”