One of the lesser-known cogs in the Team Parker wheel is Stuart Duncan, Duco Events' matchmaker. Duncan is the man trusted with finding the opponents for Duco's fighters and mapping out a plan.
The Australian-based matchmaker has sorted every one of Parker's 24 professional opponents to date, helping mastermind his rise through the ranks. He recalls the Botha outrage well.
Jones, Parker's manager, went as far as quitting over Duco's decision to put the fight on, says Duncan.
"I've been ridiculed in the media on a number of occasions in the early days, saying I was putting too much pressure on him too early," Duncan says.