The former WBO champion Joseph Parker is returning to the ring on 27 February against his Kiwi rival the undefeated Junior Fa. There are always what-ifs in the heavyweight division. But, Joseph Parker vs Junior Fa odds suggest Parker is a huge favorite to win.
Online sportsbook news sites in New Zealand confirmed the all-Kiwi heavyweight clash new date. Joseph Parker vs Junior Fa was set for 11 December 2020, but Fa had a health issue that required surgery. Now as Fa recovered, the new date is 27 February, with the clash to take place at Auckland’s Spark Arena.
The two heavyweights are ranked in the WBO top 10. Thus, the fight is huge for the world heavyweight division. There is a lot at stake here. Most notably, the winner will firmly stay in contention for a future world title fight. Fa is a big prospect, but the experience of Parker puts him ahead at Joseph Parker vs Junior Fa odds.
Parker’s advantage is his massive resume
The former WBO champion and No. 3 contender Joseph Parker holds a record of 27-2, with 21 KOs. His only two losses came against the British champ AJ and Dilian Whyte. Afterward, Parker won three consecutive fights all with a stoppage. His last fight was in February 2020 against Shawndell Winters, where Parker produced a fifth-round stoppage.
Parker has a massive experience. He won against Andy Ruiz Jr., Carlos Takam, Hughie Fury, and Alex Leapai. As per online sportsbooks in New Zealand, he is superior in his knockout ratio compared to Fa. A win against his Kiwi opponent will put him again in the front row for a world title shot. Bet365 Sportsbook offers 1.11 odds for Parker to win in style.
Fa has the size advantage
The 19-0 undefeated prospect Junior Fa, with 10 KOs, is ranked No. 6 by the WBO and 11 by the IBF. He is two years older than Parker, and has a significant physical advantage in terms of height, weight, and reach. Besides, this is the biggest fight in Fa’s career, and a win will make him closer to a world title shot.
During their amateur boxing, Fa and Parker met twice. Fa won the two fights. So, he knows how to beat his opponent. However, this happened a very long time ago and both fighters are different now. Fa’s almost all fights took place at home, which means he lacks experience on the world stage. Therefore, Joseph Parker vs Junior Fa odds show Fa the underdog with 6.00 value.
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