Fighting is every bit as primal as sex, food and heartbreak. That's why we love it. After all, competitive sports on the whole are just a metaphor for the life or death struggle of a real fistfight. So to be able to follow a rising heavyweight like Joseph Parker into the fight of his career was a privilege indeed.
For three months I followed Parker and his team, from hours hitting the pads in a secret gym to a prodigal son's return to a school in South Auckland. From a press conference in a Burger King to victory in the ring and a million dollar purse.
The 1972 Sports Issue also contained my profile of the most contentious critic in New Zealand sport, Chris Rattue. This piece was syndicated on our website at The Spinoff, and in print by the Weekend Herald. You can read it here.
1972: The Sports Issue is available in-store at Barkers nationwide, as well as online for a limited time here.