The New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker has confirmed his next bout will be against the Samoan-born Alex Leapai. Joseph Parker will face Alex Leapai on his return to action at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday June 29 live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.
Parker v Alex Leapai
Parker (25-2 19 KOs) returned to action in December with a third round KO win in Christchurch following two huge fights in the UK, first taking on Anthony Joshua in a unification blockbuster in Cardiff in March 2018 and then shared 12 roller-coaster rounds with Dillian Whyte in London in July.
The two will fight in the US on 29 June in the first of Parker’s three fight deal with British promoter Eddie Hearn.
Leapai is a replacement opponent after American Eric Molina pulled out amidst a dispute over fight terms.
The Lauli’i born 39 year old boxer, who is fighting out of Australia, has won 32 of his 43 fights, 25 by knockout.
The Kiwi fights for the first time under the Matchroom Boxing USA banner and national pride will be at stake as he meets Leapai (32-7-4 26 KOs). The Samoan-Australian, who spent part of his childhood in New Zealand, boxes in America for the first time in a lengthy career that saw him challenge Wladimir Klitschko for his World titles in April 2014.
Joseph Parker was a long way off being born when Don King was making and busting some of the biggest heavyweight fights in boxing history.
But even at 87, the controversial American figure still has plenty of influence on the heavyweight scene as Parker and his manager – and former promoter – David Higgins has found out.
Two weeks out from Parker’s return to the ring in the US on June 30 (NZT), the former WBO world heavyweight champion is yet to nail down an opponent following some “trouble behind the scenes” in negotiations with scheduled opponent American Eric Molina (27-5).