Eugene Bareman Confident Fa Has The Tools To Beat Parker

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City Kickboxing's Eugene Bareman is confident that if Junior Fa (19-0, 10 KOs) is firing on all cylinders, he has the potential to hand Joseph Parker (27-2, 21KOs) just the third defeat of his professional career.

In an interview with the Herald's Patrick McKendry, Bareman, who is one of Fa's trainers, opened up on what he sees are Fa's main strengths heading into a bout with Parker.

"Junior is the type of fighter that has given Joseph problems. He has a superior reach, and an ability to box. He has physical advantages. Junior as an athlete is a monster and it doesn't matter how you measure that – his power, one-rep max, sprint, even longer endurance. He excels amazingly at all those athletic feats."

Both Fa and Parker's teams have been in the news regularly of late with both sides open about wanting the fight to take place, but acknowledging they are currently at odds over who gets what when the money is divided up.

If the fight were to take place, it would likely occur towards the end of the year, and a lot would depend on what type of restrictions are operating in New Zealand at that point for sporting events. A Fa-Parker fight would attract plenty of interest, but even at level 1, mass gatherings of over 500 would be unable to be held, severely impacting the take at the gate.

The last major all-NZ heavyweight bout was back in 2009 when David Tua and Shane Cameron clashed at the Mystery Creek Events Centre in Hamilton. There is no question that Parker vs. Fa would attract interest both from local boxing fans as well as the wider sporting public.

A Parker-Fa fight would not only see the nation's two best heavyweights squaring off in the ring but would also see the WBO's No.2 (Parker) and No.6 (Fa) ranked fighters trading leather; adding an extra level of spice to the contest.

"Sometimes it takes sports to bring everyone together and get our patriotism to a level where it should be. This would be the perfect vehicle. It would have to be within the top five fights to ever happen in New Zealand boxing history. It would be a chance for the country to get behind two guys," Bareman said when speaking to the Herald.

One plus for the local scene is that if the fight does end up being booked, the undercard would likely be made up entirely of NZ based fighters. The event would then also then become a welcome opportunity for local boxers to earn a payday as well as hopefully shine on the world stage.

A lot still needs to happen before people can start getting excited about the prospect of a Parker-Fa bout. However, with so much going on both here and abroad, the prospect of a high profile all-Kiwi heavyweight contest could be the perfect tonic to help buoy the spirits of NZ sports fans in the coming months.

Written by Michael Clifton