It seems Team Parker might have grown too quickly for Invercargill.
Young heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker is 8-0 in his career to date and will look to propel himself up the rankings with a win over American Brian Minto in Auckland in a couple of weeks.
Parker's promoters, Duco Events, last year mapped out plans for the 21-year-old last year which included the possibility of fight in Invercargill in September.
The blueprint was for Parker to fight Brazilian George Arias in Nelson in March and a fight in Auckland next month before coming to Invercargill in September. The Nelson venue, however, was shut down because of earthquake risk, putting that event out of the picture.
Duco has since managed to get its boxer on the undercard of the Wladimir Klitschko-Alex Leapai world heavyweight title fight in Germany.
From that point the goal posts have moved, with Parker quickly becoming a hot prospect in world terms and Invercargill has slipped by.
However, my sources tell me that Duco is still interested in Invercargill because of the stadium and, more importantly, Invercargill's track record of turning up to events.
The idea being floated is a boxing card in Invercargill, at some stage, headlined by New Zealand's top light-heavyweight Robbie Berridge.
Berridge doesn't have the same profile as Parker and won't create the same buzz but he would still be good to watch. The fact that he is ranked 13th in the WBA standings shows he is a boxer who shouldn't be scoffed at.
- The Southland Times