Junior Fa wants to prove he is good enough to face Heavyweight top guns Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

The New Zealander makes his BoxNation debut on Saturday night when he faces Frenchman Newfel Ouatah in a Heavyweight special live from Columbus, Ohio.

Unbeaten Fa, who is ranked at eighth by the WBO, said: I follow the rest of the Heavyweight division carefully and it seems as if there's three big names; Wilder, Joshua and Fury, and then the rest.

“I'm not sure how much they will be fighting each other, but I like the idea of facing any of the three at the appropriate time.

Before he fought Tyson Fury, I spent three weeks sparring with Deontay Wilder in Birmingham and it was a tremendous learning experience for me.

“In our sessions, I gained quite a bit of confidence working with him over that period. Also, being in camp with him helped me see how a Heavyweight Champion works, prepares and sacrifices to ensure he keeps his title.”


Fa has won all 16 fights so far and this weekend’s 10-rounder will be his fourth Stateside appearance.

“I love fighting in the US, it's a bit different from New Zealand. There's more people watching and I like the opportunity to impress boxing fans over here, said Fa.

We arrived in Las Vegas 10 days ago and spent a week there finishing up our training before coming to Ohio.

Ouatah has experience at the top level, having battled former World Title challenger Johann Duhaupas in 2017 and contender Erkan Teper in 2014.

They are his only losses in 18 fights and he returns to action following a third-round knockout of Tamaz Zadishvili in December.

Fa added: I've watched a few tapes of Ouatah, so I'm familiar with him. He's more of a finesse fighter who is going to try out-skill me and not really a slugger.

“While I'd like a big knockout to make a statement, I want to be scientific about it, take my time and use my skills to set up the stoppage perfectly.

“That's how I see the fight going. I won't be swinging wildly in there, but I do want to put on an entertaining fight for the fans and come back to the United States again soon.”

Fa's previous American fights included two impressive nationally televised victories against Fred Latham in November 2017 via devastating first-round knockout, and a decision over Craig Lewis almost a year ago.