Parker Returns To New Zealand On 12-15
Following back-to-back losses, Joseph Parker returns to his native New Zealand on December 15th at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch.
“After a five-year undefeated run that took Joseph all the way to winning the WBO World Title we now find ourselves in very unusual territory – coming off back-to-back losses,” Team Parker head trainer Kevin Barry said.
“Joe has never been in this position before and needs a top performance.”
While there is no opponent announced yet, Parker is excited to fight on native soil for the first time since 2017, claiming that “whoever they put in front of me I need to get the job done – and get it done well,” Parker said.
“Having experienced what it is like to reach the pinnacle of the sport, and then come back down again after a couple of tough defeats, I’m more motivated than ever to get back on top.”
After two decision losses to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte, Parker fights for the third time in 2018, and feels that he really should be 1-1 and not 0-2 on the year.
“I could have and should have won that fight, but that’s boxing,” said Parker. “It’s now time to get back to work. I can’t wait to fight again in Christchurch. I’ve got really good memories from my last time there (a fourth round KO of Solomon Haumono in July 2016). It’s a great homecoming for me.”
“We had plenty of options for Joseph’s return fight after a couple of tough but highly credible losses,” promoter David Higgins said in a press release.
“But Christchurch was a clear front runner from very early on. We’ve got great partners in the city, such as ChristchurchNZ, Christchurch Airport and Christchurch Casino. It’s thanks to their unwavering support of Joseph that we’re able to bring what will be a fantastic event to the city.”