Tape rankings @ Heavyweight
Who won Parker vs Fa?
Joseph Parker beat Junior Fa by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 27th February 2021 at Spark Arena in Auckland.
The scorecards were announced as 119-109, 115-113, 117-111 in favor of winner Joseph Parker.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which meant there was no weight limit.
Parker vs Fa stats
Joseph Parker stepped into the ring with a record of 27 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 21 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Junior Fa made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 19 wins and 0 draws, with 10 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Parker had a large advantage in power over Fa, boosting at 78% knock out percentage over Fa's 53%.
Joseph Parker was the younger man by 2 years, at 30 years old.
Fa had a height advantage of 1 inch over Parker. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Both Joseph Parker & Junior Fa fought out of an orthodox stance.
Parker was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 10 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 3 years and 7 months earlier than Fa, whose first professional fight was in 2016. He had fought 107 more professional rounds, 201 to Fa's 94.
Joseph Parker went into the fight ranked number 7 by the WBC, 3 by the WBO and 6 by the IBF at heavyweight.
Junior Fa was ranked number 5 by the WBO and 9 by the IBF in the 201lb division.
Parker vs Fa form
Joseph Parker had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Shawndell Terell Winters on 29th February 2020 by technical knockout in the 5th round at The Ford Center at The Star, Texas, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Alex Leapai on 29th June 2019 by technical knockout in the 10th round at Dunkin Donuts Center, Rhode Island.
Going into that contest, he had beat Alexander Flores on 15th December 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Before that, he had been beaten by Dillian Whyte on 28th July 2018 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at The O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
He had lost to Anthony Joshua on 31st March 2018 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Heavyweight, WBA Super World Heavyweight and WBO World Heavyweight championship fight at Principality Stadium, Cardiff.
Fa had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Devin Vargas on 15th November 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Salt Palace, Utah, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Dominick Guinn on 28th June 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Pechanga Resort & Casino, California.
Going into that contest, he had beat Newfel Ouatah on 2nd March 2019 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Voinovich Center, Ohio.
Before that, he had defeated Rogelio Omar Rossi on 15th December 2018 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Hehad won against Luis Pascual on 22nd June 2018 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at The Auckland Indian Association, Auckland.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Junior Fa had been fighting more than Joseph Parker.
Going to this contest, Joseph Parker had last fought 1 year, 10 months and 24 days ago, while Junior Fa's last outing had been 2 years, 2 months and 7 days ago.
Parker's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 9 months and 22 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 5 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 42 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.4 rounds on average.
Fa's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years and 7 months, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 32 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.4 rounds on average.
What time did Parker vs Fa start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 AM UTC at Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand, which was 4:00 AM EST or 1:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 9:00 AM GMT in the UK.
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What were the odds on Parker vs Fa?
Joseph Parker was a 11/100 (-909) favourite going into the contest, while Junior Fa made his way into the ring at 6/1 (+600) with oddsmakers.