After a four-month break, kiwi heavyweight Junior Fa, will aim to extend his undefeated record to fourteen wins when he steps into the ring for an eight round fight with Detroit native Craig Lewis, in the once infamous city of Deadwood, South Dakota this Saturday (N.Z. time).
Lewis carries to the ring a record of 14 wins–8 of which came via knock out, one loss, one draw and one no contest.
He has an amateur pedigree being a Golden Gloves Heavyweight National winner in 2008 but the main point of interest to Fa and his supporters is his one no contest bout which took place against Fa’s last opponent Fred Latham.
Fa demolished Latham in 67 seconds in November and the fact that Lewis went the distance with Latham, even it was back in 2015, does not bode well for the thirty-three-year-old when he meets with the imposing 196cm tall Fa this weekend.
Fa was originally due to fight former world youth champion, Joey Dawejko. However, Dawejko pulled out after receiving an offer to fight another, as yet unknown, opponent. This was a shame as a fight with Dawejko would have provided Fa with a step up in opposition.
Still, with the premium cable network SHOWTIME screening the fight live it will not be a wasted trip to “The Mount Rushmore State” if Fa can do to Lewis what he did to Latham.
Fa is at the stage of his career where he is still building his reputation and if he can consistently put his opponents to the canvas with highlight-reel finishes, the bigger fights with more established boxers in the division will eventually materialise.
2018 could be a breakthrough year for the 28-year-old from Papakura, in December, he was listed as one of ESPN’s top 20 rising stars for their end of year boxing review. A heavy hitting, action bringing, heavyweight will always generate the public’s interest and so far in his career, Fa has proved to be capable of filling that role.
In 2017 Fa signed a promotional deal with well-known American promoter Lou DiBella. Signing with DiBella, who also handles WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, gives Fa the chance to gain that all-important exposure an up and coming fighter needs when looking into breaking into the U.S market.
So, if the saying location-is-everything still holds true then this Saturday, the once lawless frontier town of Deadwood, South Dakota,will provide Fa with a fitting opportunity to start 2018 with a performance that will put the rest of the heavyweight division on notice.