Joseph Parker fight confirmed for Vector Arena

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Promoters Duco have confirmed that the Joseph Parker vs Andy Ruiz Jr bout will take place at Vector Arena in Auckland on December 10.


The fight for the vacant WBO heavyweight title will remain on New Zealand soil after Duco managed to secure the requisite financial backing following Auckland City Council's denial of their bid for public funding last week.


That denial lead to speculation that the contest would be relocated to California, with Ruiz's promoter Bob Arum giving Duco a seven-day deadline to find the supposed shortfall of several hundreds of thousands of dollars, which was ultimately provided by a joint sponsorship between the TAB, Sky TV, Burger King, and farming product manufacturer Gallagher.


"This is a huge sporting event which I expect to unite the country, in a similar fashion to the 2011 Rugby World Cup and the 2015 Cricket World Cup," said Duco Events Chief Executive Martin Snedden.


"We are only able to host the event in Auckland because of the tremendous support from our sponsors who grasp just how big an occasion this will be for all New Zealanders."