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Parker's team withdraws bid for public money for fight

Radio New Zealand Radio New Zealand 27/10/2016
<span style="font-size:13px;">Joseph Parker's team have withdrawn their bid for public money for the heavyweight title fight.</span> © Getty Images Joseph Parker's team have withdrawn their bid for public money for the heavyweight title fight.

Joseph Parker's team has announced they have withdrawn their bid for public money to help them stage the New Zealand boxer's world title fight in Auckland.

Parker is set to face Mexican/American Andy Ruiz for the WBO world heavyweight title on 10 December.

Parker's promoters Duco have been trying desperately to secure the seven-figure sum required for the title fight to happen in the City of Sails.

The 24-year-old gets first dibs on where the title fight against Ruiz is held because he is the higher ranked boxer.

Duco had called on the government to help fund the fight, which if it goes ahead would be one of the biggest one-off events to occur in New Zealand.

Television rights have already been guaranteed and would be beamed into around 100 countries across the globe.

If Duco are unable to find the money the fight will be taken to America - most likely in either Dallas or Las Vegas.

The last time a New Zealander fought for a world heavyweight title was back in 2000 when David Tua lost to British heavyweight Lennox Lewis.

The 24-year-old Parker is unbeaten in his 21 professional fights - 18 of those victories have come by way of knockout.

In May this year Parker beat French Cameroon boxer Carlos Takam for the IBF mandatory challenge against current world title holder - Anthony Joshua of Great Britain.

The Parker/Joshua fight was put on hold following the news that Tyson Fury, the holder of the WBA and WBO world titles, was stripped of his belts after failing a drugs test and is battling depression.

As a result Parker will challenge for the WBO world title against Ruiz instead, in what many consider an easier fight to a world title.

There are four world titles in total.


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