Blood test knock out Fa, "Fight of Century" postponed
The anticipated fight between Lupesoliai Joseph Parker and Junior Fa, being billed as New Zealand's "Fight of the Century," has been postponed. The decision was announced on Friday after blood test for Fa ruled him out of stepping into the ring on 12 December 2020.
The dates have been rescheduled by promoters Duco Events to either late February or early March next year.
Fa's Manager, Mark Keddell, told Stuff that the blood test was not good.
"We saw an issue in sparring and in training for a few days, we had a routine blood test anyway on Friday, and because of the blood test result on Monday the doctor said we weren't cleared to fight in four weeks,” he told Stuff
“We've spent a lot of time with surgeons and specialists over the last few days getting things under control ... so now he's got to have an operation on Tuesday."
Keddell did not want to give any more details about what the test revealed or what the surgery entailed which would allow the Parker camp to use to their advantage.
"It's one of those things that you keep your cards pretty close in this game," Keddell added.
"You don't want people taking advantage of you and your condition, so we're keeping things pretty tight. It's probably something we'll talk about more after the fight."
Keddell is confident that Fa would return stronger than ever.
"The guy's in amazing shape, he's got a six-pack which is quite amazing four weeks out from a fight in the heavyweight division. He's an absolute Adonis when you look at him and just something wasn't working and it required surgery to fix up. It's just one of those things that we've got to do," Keddell added
A new date for the clash will be announced at a press conference scheduled on Monday.