This weekend's Boxing Fights
Another busy weekend up ahead for New Zealand boxers, but this time it will not be happening in New Zealand.
On Saturday live on epicentre.tv in Albert Park, Victoria, Australia, We have six New Zealanders all fighting on the same card. Philippines born Auckland resident Mark Arquiza (1 - 2 - 0) will be taking on undefeated Australian Kaleb Kozak (4 - 0 - 0). Mark is very well known for his big stoppage victory in his last fight against undefeated Said Salem (3 - 0 - 0). With already a big victory in his career, he is ready to have another upset win in enemy territory. New Zealand born War Parahi (0 -1 - 0) will be taking on Hamish Locke (debut).
Two New Zealand born family members will be fighting on the same card with two very unique fights happening in Australia. What makes this very interesting is New Zealand born Elijah Tevaga Sa'lesui and Peter Sa'lesui will be taking on two other New Zealanders. Elijah Tevaga Sa'lesui (6 - 1 - 0) will be taking on New Zealander David Tuliloa (2 - 2 - 0) and Peter Sa'lesui (6 - 0 - 1) will be taking on Samoan born New Zealander Viliamu Motusaga (0 - 5 - 0). Both fights being heavyweight fights.
One thing that would be interesting to see is Elijah Tevaga Sa'lesui and Peter Sa'lesui one day would come to New Zealand and fight here in their home country. They would be New Zealand's version of the Klitschko brothers or Tommy Morrison sons. It would be great to discover more about them both in and out of the ring.
I should mention one boxing event that's happening here in New Zealand on Saturday. It is always important for us to promote the grassroots of boxing, especially Amateur boxing. This Saturday at ABA Stadium, there will be an amateur boxing event that Isaac Peach has matchmaking himself. Amateur boxers included Wendall Stanley, Eden Dorset, Omid Azizi and many many more. The tournament starts at 1 pm and I believe tickets cost $20 but don't quote me on that as I could be wrong. All tickets are on door sales.
On Sunday, over across to the UK, Joseph Parker has some unfinished business with Dereck Chisora. Here in New Zealand, we can watch the fight on Spark Sports. The fight was originally booked to happen on the 26th of October 2019, however, due to a spider bite, Joseph Parker had to pull out of the fight. Unfortunately, he did not turn into Spider-Man. The fight could have happened sooner but Covid happened which delayed matters. It is unknown if any regional titles will be on the line but it is a 12 round fight and Parker still is WBO Oriental champion and ranked 3rd in WBO, 6th in WBC & IBF and 9th on Boxrec.
On the undercard, you can also see Katie Taylor defending her World undisputed lightweight title against AIBA World amateur bronze medalist Natasha Jonas. Dmitry Bivol will defend the WBA Light Heavyweight title against Craig Richards. You might remember Dmitry Bivol when he defended his World title in the past against Robert Berridge in 2017. Chris Eubank Jr will be making his return after being away from the ring for 17 months. He will go up against Marcus Morrison in a middleweight 10 round fight.
Again you can see those fights here:
Saturday 8 pm
KINGS OF KOMBAT
Sunday 6 am
Derek Chisora v Joseph Parker
$40 NZD Early Bird price