New Zealand A Rumored Destination For Parker-Browne
A company man, Joseph Parker is looking to compete in his home country in front of a live audience. His opponent would be another former champion in Lucas Browne.
The bout in Australia would coincide with DAZN’s debut in the country. It would also be a fight that could bring both fighters back to championship prominence. Davis Higgins, Parker’s manager, has been looking into getting the fight to become a reality with Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn.
“At this point we’re optimistic and we’re doing due diligence on running an event with less than 100 people, and how that could work on network television,” Higgins stated to News Hub. “It’s a matter of the costs being less than the revenue and what that revenue looks like in this environment.
“We’ll only pull the trigger if it’s safe and economically viable. At this point, I’m reasonably confident.”
Higgins went on to say that Browne (29-2) is a much more enticing matchup for Parker (27-2) compared to others due to his resume.
Browne is a former WBA Heavyweight Champion. Debuting in 2009 as a pro, he won the title from Ruslan Chagaev in 2016, but the title was taken away from him as a result of a failed drug test. He has since beaten Dillian Whyte for the WBC Silver Heavyweight Title. Browne is 4-1 in his last five fights, last beating John Hopoate via TKO back in November.
Parker is a former WBO Heavyweight Champion, beating Andy Ruiz Jr. for the vacant belt in 2016. He lost it to Anthony Joshua in 2018. The 28-year-old Parker is currently on a three-fight win streak and recently signed with Matchroom. He last fought in February, beating Shawndell Winters via TKO.
Locations holding 100 people are allowed in New Zealand compared to a majority of the world. No venue has been selected yet for the fight. Stay tuned as more information should be revealed within the few weeks.