Jerome Pampellone and John Parker Set For November Title Clash

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New Zealand boxing will soon have a new light heavyweight king after the division's top prospects Jerome Pampellone (8-0), and John Parker (7-0) agreed to fight for the vacant title in November.

"It's going to be massive, it's going to be great for both boys, and the winner is going to go a long way. That's the fight we want. It's the Parker name we want to smash, " Pampellone's trainer Isaac Peach said regarding the highly anticipated bout.

"They are both respectful guys, but at the end of the day, we are there to do a job, and we want to knock John out. I do have massive respect for John's boxing abilities; I want Jerome to really do his job."

 The announcement was made following Pampellone's unanimous decision victory over local veteran Joshua Tai on Friday night. The six-round bout took place inside Auckland's sold-out SkyCity Theatre at P3 Promotion's Friday Night Fights.

Pampellone demonstrated his pedigree throughout the contest, reminding everyone why he is so highly rated by the NZ boxing community. The 34-year-old Tai had his moments, but Pampellone, who landed the sharper shots and sent Tai to the canvas in the opening round, was the clear winner in the judges' eyes.

"He came strong; I knew he would. We tried to do a few new things, and at times it didn't work, but it is all learning," Pampellone said following his win.

It is a sentiment shared by his trainer Isaac Peach, who wants Pampellone to be tested during these early stages of his professional career.

"The first ten fights are learning fights if I can get him hurt, if I can get him tied up or head-butted like it got rough in there, it's all growing, Jerome. I don't care about these fights. It's all about the big fights coming up for him, " Peach commented.

Pampellone can now look ahead to his date with Parker, a matchup that will be his most high-profile engagement to date. Parker's most recent outing saw him score an impressive fifth-round TKO win over Egelani Taito and Pampellone is well aware of the challenge he faces.

"I'm looking forward to it. It's going to bring heaps of people. Heaps of people are going to be looking at it, so I am going to train hard, and  I am looking forward to that fight."

 P3's Nick Randell is already anticipating another massive night for NZ boxing when Parker and Pampellone meet later this year.

"We're stoked with our first sell-out event. The fights were awesome!" Randell said, talking about Friday's show.

"Jerome showed off his skills in the main event. Each event will only get bigger and better as we can confirm Pampellone-Parker in November will headline our fourth edition of SkyCity Friday Night Fights."

New Zealand boxing is currently undergoing a resurgence, with a new generation of talent capable of making waves on the world scene bringing a real sense of excitement to the local scene. Pampellone-Parker looks set to continue that trend.