Boxing: Kiwi David Nyika relocating to UK, will fight on Joseph Parker-Derek Chisora undercard

  • 15/10/2021

Rising Kiwi boxer David Nyika is relocating to the UK for the next stage of his fledgling professional career.

The Olympic bronze-medallist will be based in the boxing hotbed of Morecambe - home of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury - where he'll learn under Joseph Parker's new trainer Andy Lee.

Nyika will also take up a golden opportunity to boost his profile by appearing on the undercard of Joseph Parker's rematch with Englishman Derek Chisora in Manchester on December 18 against an opponent yet to be confirmed.

The 26-year-old still has every intention of vying for his third Commonwealth Games gold medal in Birmingham next year. Fighters are permitted to have a maximum of five professional bouts and still be eligible for selection.

The current MIQ situation in New Zealand also means Nyika may not return before the games take place in July.

In February, Nyika made his pro debut against Jesse Maio, securing a TKO win just 28 seconds into the opening round.

The Parker-Chisora card in Manchester is being promoted by Eddie Hearn's matchroom boxing, who are making a concession to allow Nyika - who's yet to commit to a promoter - to feature.

Nyika will compete as a cruiserweight in the professional ranks and aims to fight again in early 2022.