Auckland Confirmed As City To Host Joseph Parker Title Fight

Publish Date
Thursday, 3 November 2016, 11:44AM

After days of speculation, the venue for the Joseph Parker v Andy Ruiz Jr heavyweight title fight has been confirmed - and it's going to be held in Parker's home town of Auckland.

His promoters have been keen to keep their plans under wraps, but Ruiz's promoter Bob Arum let it slip in Las Vegas this morning when he told the media that a press conference in the city on Saturday featuring the two fighters will confirm Auckland as the venue.

ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael tweeted the news this morning. Many of the world's boxing media are in Las Vegas covering the Manny Pacquiao v Jesse Vargas title fight, ensuring that Parker will get plenty of coverage this weekend. Arum, Pacquiao's promoter, told the media in a press conference this morning.

Bob Arum told Newshub this morning: "They've kept assuring me that they would somehow raise the money [to do the fight] through sponsorship or whatever.

"They informed me this morning that that had been done so we're going to announce on Saturday in the US that the fight will be held in Auckland, New Zealand on December 10.

"I know Joe Parker is a dedicated athlete and he's training here in Las Vegas. I talked to Kevin Barry this morning and he thinks Parker will be at his best so it should be a great fight."

Read the full report at NZ Herald