'T-Man' stood down

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 11:56 07/11/2012
Te Rangi
JOHN HAWKINS/The Southland Times
Veteran Invercargill cage fighter Hiriwa "T-Man'' Te Rangi.

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Southland fighter Hiriwa ''T-Man' Te Rangi has been stood down from the scheduled fight against rising New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker on Saturday night.

The veteran Southland fighter, who is more commonly known as a mixed martial arts competitor, has a zero and 13 record in the boxing ring, which included going eight rounds with Shane Cameron early in Cameron's career.

He was initially viewed as a good opponent for 21-year-old Parker who will take a slow and gradual move up the professional ranks after earlier this year turning pro after missing out on Olympic selection.

Te Rangi was seen as a opponent who could take a punch but probably wouldn't have troubled Parker's win record.

The Parker-Te Rangi showdown was meant to be the main bout on a card which also features MMA and thai kickboxing contests with the event to be held at The Trusts Stadium in Auckland.

However, this week organisors decided Te Rangi was not suitable to step in the ring with Parker with fears the Southlander, who started fighting before Parker was even born, had taken too many punches.

Parker's management is today finalising a new opponent for Saturday night.

Following Saturday night's bout Parker is expected to be scheduled as the main bout on the Fight for Life card in Auckland on December 15.

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