A new date has been confirmed for the blockbuster showdown between Joseph Parker vs Fa, with the world-ranked Kiwi heavyweights set to clash at Auckland’s Spark Arena on Saturday, February 27.
Previously scheduled for December, the bout was postponed after blood tests revealed Fa was suffering from a health issue that required the 19-0 undefeated prospect to undergo surgery.
The official event doctor appointed for the fight, Dr Dave Renata, confirmed Fa would recover in time.
“Junior’s surgery was a success and he is well and truly on track to be fully fit and in very good health for the rescheduled date on February 27,” Renata said.
Parker’s advisor, David Higgins of Duco Events, was pleased the rescheduled date could be confirmed.
“While the postponement of the fight was disappointing, the most important thing is that both fighters are at their very best – and there are no excuses – when they step into the ring,” Higgins said.
Higgins pointed to the record-setting 2009 showdown between David Tua and Shane Cameron, which was also delayed after Cameron broke his hand during a tune-up fight.
“Interest only grew during the delay and the fight went on to set viewership records that still stand today,” Higgins said.
“And we all saw what happened when a clearly very frustrated David Tua finally got the chance to unleash his fury.”
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