Joseph Parker still sweating on passport problem

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 17:08 29/07/2014
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STARS AND STRIPES: Joseph Parker is waiting for his passport to be processed by the US consulate in Auckland so he can box in the United States.

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New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker has postponed his return to the United States as passport problems now threaten to compromise his sparring camp in Las Vegas ahead of his next fight.

The 22-year-old was due to fly out of Auckland tonight to round of his training at his American base before transferring to the east coast for his fight with American Keith Thompson in Pennsylvania on Sunday week.

Parker has had his working visa approved but has yet to have his passport returned by the American consulate as a global US immigration computer glitch delays proceedings.

Parker and trainer Kevin Barry are hopeful of flying out tomorrow but have been given no guarantees.

Time has almost run out to get him into camp in Las Vegas because Parker is scheduled to be in Philadelphia on Monday for promotional activities.

The may have to head directly to Philadelphia and round off his training there.

Parker has been training in Auckland since beating American Brian Minto in his last fight on July 6 but Barry has been eager to get to back to Vegas where he has a stable of quality sparring partners for Parker to work with.

The hiccup hasn't helped preparations for an opponent they know little about for a scheduled six-rounder.

Thompson is the sparring partner of unbeaten American contender Deontay Wilder who has won all 31 of his fights by knockout and is maneuvering for a world title shot with Wladimir Klitschko.

Top New Zealand light-heavyweight Robert Berridge is also on the card at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He fights unbeaten Russian champion Vasily Lepikhim.

Berridge leaves for the United States on Friday.

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