Boxing: Joseph Parker v Junior Fa heavyweight clash officially on

A major breakthrough in negotiations has paved the way for a Kiwi heavyweight boxing showdown between Joseph Parker and Junior Fa on December 11.  

The two camps have been engaged in talks for more than six months, with disagreements over respective fight purses and glove brands contributing to a long negotiation period.

But Parker's manager, David Higgins, has told Newshub that terms have been agreed and the fight has officially been green lit.

"We've finally agreed terms for Joseph Parker to fight Junior Fa, so the fight is on," Higgins confirms. "This is the biggest boxing event in NZ history."

The bout will be staged at Auckland's Spark Arena.

"I'm so pleased to see Auckland is going to back to Level 1 and it's so nice to confirm this great event can happen on the same day," Higgins adds.

Higgins admits each party has compromised to make the fight a reality.

"It's been a battle of attrition, with each side giving concessions either way, and then also the realisation there are no other options on the way in the pandemic," he says.

"Commonsense prevailed and we just contractually wrote up a detailed process around the gloves, so our side was happy and their side was happy.

"So, we're finally there... Parker v Fa is on."

More details will be revealed at a media conference on Tuesday.

Fa and Parker split two wins apiece in amateur ranks, with the former winning the first and fourth encounters.

But their professional careers have taken completely different routes, with Parker claiming a WBO world title and Fa's health issues stalling his progress.

Last month, Parker slipped down the WBO heavyweight rankings to third, while Fa sits sixth.

Parker last fought back in February, when he scored a technical knockout win against American Shawndell Winters in Texas.

Meanwhile, Fa earned a unanimous decision win over Devin Vargas in November to maintain his undefeated 19-0 record.