Te Rangi set for showdown with Tutaki

Veteran Invercargill fighter Hiriwa Te Rangi will take on Richard Tutaki in a boxing stoush next month with the hope it will be staged in Southland.

Tutaki's name burst to prominence early last year when he was scheduled to fight Sonny Bill Williams before being stripped of the opportunity after he was arrested for failing to appear in court to face more than 10 charges - including possession of methamphetamine.

Sonny Bill Williams was instead matched up with Clarence Tillman and Tutaki was the basis of more speculation when he forced his way into the ring following the bout and confronted Williams.

Last December Tutaki returned to the boxing ring where he was matched up against rising New Zealand heavyweight star Joseph Parker as the main event on the Fight for Life card.

Tutaki was outclassed with Parker too quick and too strong and the contest was stopped in the second round.

Southland's Hiriwa Te Rangi was himself supposed to fight Parker last year but he was pulled out because he didn't have the required medical clearances.

Te Rangi has since been cleared and a showdown with Tutaki is now in the pipeline.

The two were originally planning to fight in Invercargill on February 23, but Te Rangi has other commitments which ruled him out.

Tonight Te Rangi will take on 2012 King of the Ring winner Tafa "The Thumpa" Misipati in a Thai kickboxing bout as part of the Return of the Legends event in Auckland.

That means Te Rangi's boxing bout with Tutaki will be pushed back to next month with a hope it will still be held in Southland, Te Rangi said yesterday.