The Burger King Road To The Title: Weigh In
New Zealand Samoan heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker arrived at Ellerslie Racecourse on race day to weigh in against American opponent Jason Pettaway on “The Road to the Title” ahead of their battle in the ring tomorrow night at Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau.
As Parker’s All Black friends Jerome Kaino and Steven Luatua entered the room Parker took to the scales and weighed in at 106kgs. Jason Pettaway weighed in at 100.1kgs and although he is lighter, Pettaway is very confident he will win this fight. The American barbershop owner showed the cameras whilst announcing that this morning he bet on himself for the win betting $1000.00 at the TAB.
Jason Pettaway has been training in Ohio at -10 degree temperatures in preparation for this fight. He lost weight, and has been training fulltime for 8-9 weeks. He states “my camp and conditioning has been going very well, my mind is in a good place also. I am in the best shape of my life.” Pettaway enters the ring with a 17 win and 1 loss fighting record, a record Joseph Parker is impressed with. Parker states “I am taking this fight with Pettaway very seriously, he uses the ring well, he’s a counter puncher and has good speed so that is something we have been working on”.
Joseph Parker will compete in his 13th professional fight with a record of 12 wins and zero losses. The game plan for this fight was said by head coach Kevin Barry during the week “to go in swinging from Round 1” Parker then explains that because of Pettway’s movement and speed in the ring, it is important to apply the pressure early.
In the corporate weigh in for the ‘DUCO World Heavyweight’ fight Finau Maka, former captain for the Tongan Rugby team stood on stage weighing in at 115.6kg, having lost 10kg. Maka explained to everybody that he is in fact there to knock the Buttabean out and urged TAB punters to bet on him. Dave Letele AKA Brown Buttabean walked on stage with his DUCO belt over his shoulder and started the smack talking almost immediately stating “On this stage I am not the Motivator I am the Terminator, I will knock him out and then move on.” In reference to his Buttabean motivational page on FB that has 2,000 followers and counting.
As the two stood toe to toe for the cameras, Buttabean put his hand on Maka’s neck where a fight broke out of stage. No punches were thrown but Finau Maka did put his rugby skills to use tackling the Buttabean which took all promotional signage down with them. They were then separated and walked off stage at opposite ends leaving the room in a buzz and leaving the people in anticipation for tomorrow night’s great fight night.
In response after everything had settled Finau Maka says this is a great motivator for his fight and now the Buttabean has disrespected him, while the Buttabean states, “Now he can get angry and have something to fight for.”
The Burger King Road To The Title: Joseph Parker vs Jason Pettaway
Venue: Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau
Date: 5th March 2015 - Time: 6pm - midnight