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Takam says he's come to NZ to beat Parker

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/05/2016

Joseph Parker will fight Carlos Takam on May 21 © Getty Images Joseph Parker will fight Carlos Takam on May 21 Carlos Takam has promised a war in the boxing ring, saying he hasn't come to New Zealand to lose to local favourite Joseph Parker.

The pair will square off in Auckland on May 21, with the winner to get a shot at the IBF world heavyweight title held by Britain's Anthony Joshua.

Cameroon-born Takam, 35, has travelled from Paris for the bout and he indicated no lack of motivation on his part.

"It's very, very important for me to win the fight," he said.

"I come here to New Zealand to win; I don't come here to lose. I'm ready for it. I'm going to make war. I want to get the victory."

Parker is undefeated in his professional career, with 16 of his 18 wins being inside the distance.

However, Takam - who has a record of 33 wins (25 by KO), two losses and a draw - will present him with his biggest challenge so far.

Takam's only defeat in the past seven years came 18 months ago against Russian Alexander Povetkin, who himself has had just one loss, by unanimous decision to Ukrainian great Wladimir Klitschko.

Promoter Duco Events has said the last 520 tickets for the 12-round fight at the 3000-capacity Vodafone Events Centre will be sold progressively on auction website Trade Me.

The tickets, which have a face value of $299, would have a $1 reserve.

Duco director Dean Lonergan said the sale method would prevent genuine fans from falling victim to scalpers.

"I found it astonishing last year how the Hurricanes franchise complained bitterly about the scalping of tickets to the Super Rugby Final after triumphantly proclaiming they had sold out in minutes," he said.

"Our method should ensure genuine Joseph Parker supporters will not be ripped off."

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