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Underdog Junior Fa Prepares for Frank Sanchez

Junior Fa's immediate focus remains on the looming battle against the undefeated Cuban top heavyweight Frank Sanchez.


Otahuhu, New Zealand (December 16, 2023) - Junior Fa, the Kiwi-Tongan top heavyweight, finds himself in a unique position as he readies himself for a important return to the ring, marking a significant chapter in his heavyweight boxing career.

Frank Sanchez faces far more than an opponent in Junior Fa on December 23rd in Saudi Arabia.

Heading to Saudi Arabia

Set to face highly touted contender Frank Sanchez on December 23 in Riyadh, Junior Fa's comeback will be featured on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Otto Wallin main event.

Sharing the spotlight, his compatriot Joseph Parker will confront former world champion Deontay Wilder, a scenario where Fa steps into the role of sparring partner at Wilder's training base in Alabama.

Training with Deontay Wilder

With a history of training alongside 'The Bronze Bomber', Fa brings a wealth of insights, having clashed with Parker as both an amateur and professional, including their last competitive encounter in February 2021.

"There's no tension or uneasiness here," Fa clarified. "It's strictly business. I'm here to spar, not to snoop around."

Acknowledging the learning opportunity presented by working with a former champion, Fa sees this as an invaluable chance to prepare for his upcoming challenge against Sanchez, a formidable opponent known for his sharp boxing skills.

"Sparring with Wilder, renowned for his power, sharpens my skills," Fa explained. "It's a perfect preparation for facing someone like Sanchez, who demands precision."

Facing Frank Sanchez

Despite the intricate dynamics, Fa's immediate focus remains on the looming battle against the undefeated Cuban top heavyweight. Sanchez, at 1.93m, is revered as a rising star in the division, boasting 16 knockout victories in his 23 wins and holding the No.3 spot in the WBO rankings.

Fully aware of his underdog status, Fa embraces this challenge as an opportunity to rewrite the script. "This fight is a game-changer," Fa asserted. "I'm here to shake things up and create a pivotal moment in my career."

For Fa, this fight transcends the ring. "This is a life-changing bout for me and my family," he expressed, highlighting the significance of this match in shaping his future.

The Road Back to Glory

Amidst a 13-month hiatus from the ring following a pivotal victory that ended a two-fight skid, Fa aims to make a resounding statement. His hiatus has only amplified his eagerness to step back into the ring and prove his mettle against such a dangerous opponent.

With aspirations to climb the ranks in major organizations, Fa recognizes the importance of this fight. "This is a different drive for me," he noted. "I'm putting in the work to make sure I seize this opportunity."

Eagerly anticipating his return, Fa is honing his skills, preparing for what could be a defining moment in his career on a significant stage.

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