Joseph Parker faces Mexican-American Alexander Flores in his first fight since two consecutive losses in the UK.
The Kiwi heavyweight hopes to chart his way back to the top of the division in a must-win bout, but faces a tricky opponent in Flores (17-1-1) who comes into the fight with an 80 per cent knockout rate.
Undefeated Kiwi heavyweight Junior Fa (15-0) also features on the card against Argentinian southpaw Rogelio Omar Rossi, while Warriors great Manu Vatuvei steps into the ring to face Brown Buttabean.
Parker weighed in a near career-best shape and will have a clear physical advantage over Flores. The pre-fight pose was relatively calm compared to the dramatic face-off between Parker and Dillian Whyte in July, where the pair touched foreheads and noses in a tense weigh-in in London.
However, there was still plenty of jabbing back and forth on the mics, with Flores saying he was going to stop Parker while complimenting New Zealand’s beverages.
“I’m stopping Parker. This is not going to go 12 rounds. I love New Zealand, I love your guys’ coffee. I have coffee here twice or three times a day,” Flores said.
To which, Parker replied: “Alexander looks in great shape. He’s confident and he’s here to win, but unfortunately I don’t think that’s going to happen. He says he’s going to knock me out, I say I’m going to knock him out. We’ll see who’s going to do the talking in the ring. For me, after I knock him out I’m going to buy him a coffee.”