Joseph Parker set for big boxing limelight

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 03/02/2014
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Joseph Parker is almost certain to step on to the world boxing stage in April when he fights on the undercard to the world heavyweight title fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Australian Alex Leapai in Germany

Parker's promoter Duco Events confirmed yesterday a deal is close to being done.

Dean Lonergan said if the deal does eventuate he felt boxing folk outside New Zealand will get to see what Parker can do.

"From our point of view we're working hard to make sure Joseph's on that card, 100 per cent," Lonergan said.

Parker was lined up to fight Brazilian George Arias in Nelson in March but that will now not be happening because the venue in Nelson was closed because of earthquake risks.

An opponent for Parker in Germany hasn't been sorted, though the Parker-Arias showdown still remains an option.

The fight would be held on Saturday April 26 in Germany (noon on Sunday NZ time) and Duco Events would capitalise from pay-per-view sales.

With the Parker fight doubling with a world heavyweight showdown that will include Samoan-born Australian in Leapai, there is hope the pay-per-view sales would be strong.

Parker isn't expected to be the main undercard fight but the one before that.

Duco Events has had previous dealings with K2 Promotions, which is in charge of Wladimir Klitschko, when David Tua lost to Alexander Ustinov in Hamilton in November.

K2 Promotions director Alexander Krasyuk was in New Zealand for the fight.

Parker's trainer Kevin Barry will arrive in New Zealand today to spend time working with Parker before the pair head back to Las Vegas to prepare for the April fight.

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