Replacement opponent weighs in at 167kg

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 09:05 08/11/2012
Boxing
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Boxer Terry Tuteru, left, who weighed in at 167kg will be fighting up and coming pro Joseph Parker, right, in the co-main event of the Rising Stars-Fight Night.

Joseph Parker
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CASHING IN: Joseph Parker has joined the professional boxing ranks.

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Joseph Parker will give away a massive 61.5kg weight advantage for his heavyweight boxing clash with Terry Tuteru tomorrow night.

The weigh-in was held in west Auckland today and the huge discrepancy between the two fighters was quickly revealed.

Parker, trimmed down after his new training regime, hit the scales at 105.5kg.

Tuteru, dragged in as a last minute replacement and not having been in a competitive boxing ring since 2007, weighed 167kg.

Tutera weighed 145kg for his last fight - a second round knockout at the hands of Australian league player John Hopoate at Tweed Heads in May 2007.

That continued Tutera's woeful record - it was his ninth loss in 10 fights since turning professional in 2001.

The 30-year-old has been dabbling in MMA but has now been persuaded to get back in the boxing ring and take on a young man seen as the next great hope of New Zealand's heavyweight scene.

Tuteru replaces Southland veteran Hiriwa 'T-Man' Te Rangi who was deemed unsuitable, owning a 0-13 record.

But it's questionable that Tuteru is any better for the fight at Trust Stadium in Waitakere.

The best result Tuteru has recorded is a draw against Mohamed Azzaoui in a 2003 promotion at the Sonic Bar in South Auckland.

Tuteru runs a small south Auckland gym and gets an unexpected chance for a comeback.

But this is a big assignment on such short notice.

And the match-making reeks of hypocrisy given the way Parker's wealthy backer Sir Bob Jones has made a long habit of bagging the worth of opponents put in front of various top New Zealand boxers, including David Tua.

Clearly no risks are being taken with 20-year-old Parker during the infancy of his professional career that comes after missing out on the London Olympics.

His only professional fight was in July when he knocked out Dean Garmonsway in the first round on an undercard bout on the Shane Cameron-Monte Barrett promotion in Auckland.

Parker has just signed a lucrative six-year deal to set up his pro career.

This fight is seen as nothing more than a stepping stone for Parker who will next appear on the Fight For Life extravaganza in Auckland on December 15.

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