Parker fight a missed chance

Central Leader - - SITUATIONS VACANT - WIL­LIE JACK­SON

man­age­ment de­cided to take a win­ner take all Bledis­loe Cup match to Twick­en­ham, only be­cause fi­nan­cially it is way bet­ter off than play­ing it at Eden Park.

That would cre­ate a ma­jor scan­dal.

I think it would have been great if a ti­tle bout had of been held at Eden Park, Mt Smart Sta­dium or Vec­tor Arena.

Duco man Dean Lon­er­gan is still hold­ing out hope that a ma­jor backer will come on board.

But as the Novem­ber 5th dead­line for the De­cem­ber 10th fight draws closer, that’s look­ing un­likely.

It’s a shame that this fight could now end up in Amer­ica.

Duco will have no choice but to take the fight there if they don’t get the fi­nan­cial back­ing here.

It is es­pe­cially a shame though that too many of the public have such a stuck up and elit­ist at­ti­tude when it comes to the sport of box­ing.

It was okay when the Gov­ern­ment gave mil­lions and mil­lions to the rich man’s Amer­ica’s Cup over the years.

But any money go­ing to box­ing is frowned upon.

The main rea­son that Duco gave for not con­tin­u­ing with their ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing was that they didn’t want to see New Zealand di­vided and split be­cause they had asked for tax­pay­ers’ money.

Box­ing, how­ever, is a huge part of life for the work­ing class and blue col­lar peo­ple of this coun­try.

The sooner Ki­wis re­alise this, the bet­ter this coun­try will be.

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