ANDREW CORNAGA / PHOTOSPORT
The New Zealand heavyweight boxer Junior Fa needs a good victory to restart his career.
The Junior Fa is set to face tough Australian heavyweight player Lucas Brown during a huge night of boxing over Tasman.
The duel will be part of the sub-card of George Kambosos’ Aussie World Union match against American Devin Haney in Melbourne on June 5. Kambosos holds the belts of IBF, WBO, WBA and Haney holds the title of WBC.
Fellow New Zealand boxers Hemi Ahio and David Nyika are also expected to perform.
Fa and Browne will fight for the title of Oceania in the heavyweight of the WBA.
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It ends with a long and frustrating break for Fa, 32, who last fought in February last year, suffering a unanimous loss of points in a tedious but competitive fight against Kiwi, Joseph Parker.
This defeat was the first defeat for the Fa in 20 games and placed him in the WBO’s top five rankings. His subsequent inaction caused him to drop out of the top 15.
Browne, 43, has won five of the last seven games since he was brutally eliminated by Brit Dillian Whyte in 2018.
His record is 30-3, but a better indicator of his aging form is his loss in the first round to former Australian rugby league star Paul Gallen, who took less than two minutes last year to knock out Brown.
The Fa should have too much speed and ability for Browne, which seems like a good opportunity to relaunch his career near home in important circumstances.
Joseph Parker is fighting for a unanimous decision to win over old amateur rival Junior Fa in a tense affair full of Kiwis in Auckland.
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