4 Nov 2016

Auckland ratepayers won't fund Parker fight

11:50 am on 4 November 2016

Auckland ratepayers will not be financially backing Joseph Parker's boxing world title fight to be held in the city.

Joseph Parker and French Cameroon boxer Carlos Takam in Auckland, May 2016.

Joseph Parker and French Cameroon boxer Carlos Takam Photo: Photosport

While it is still to be confirmed by the promoter Duco, Parker is expected to fight Mexican-American Andy Ruiz for the WBO world heavyweight title in Auckland in December.

There has been debate about whether the commercial fight should be given public funding to ensure it is held in New Zealand.

Duco has been trying to secure the seven-figure sum required for the fight to happen in Auckland, but withdrew their bid for public money to help stage the event, citing reaction from the public, media and politicians.

Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development has today clarified speculation about whether it would put public money in, saying it would not be making a financial contribution to the fight.

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