Joseph Parker handed generous points win over Junior Fa to set up possible Derek Chisora clash as boxing MC announces Auckland lockdown during card
Joseph Parker defeated Junior Fa in a unanimous points victory in New Zealand to set up a potential clash with Derek Chisora.
Parker troubled his compatriot early in the fight and wobbled Fa in the third round.
But the pair traded blows for the remainder of the bout with the former WBO heavyweight champion being handed some generous scores.
The judges scored the fight 119-109, 115-113 and 117-111 in a bout that was held in front of 12,000 fans in Auckland.
The fight followed an announcement by the ring MC that the city would enter a seven-day lockdown on Sunday following one positive case.
Parker is likely to face Briton Chisora next after he was initially ruled out of their scheduled clash back in October 2019 due to illness.
The 29-year-old had not fought since February 2020 with the coronavirus pandemic halting his plans.
Speaking to talkSPORT before the fight, he said: “Listen, as a fighter you want to be active and be busy. A lot of things have popped up. 2019 was a slow year for me, I had one fight.
“2020 we looked at turning it around and having more fights but everyone’s plans changed due to COVID and I only had one fight.
“The whole year off again. I think this year is a clear pathway that Eddie Hearn has mentioned and coming out of this fight victorious there’s Derek Chisora and the winner of Joyce and Usyk.”