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Ben Hill is a reporter for The New Zealand Herald

Defiant live-streamer of Joseph Parker's fights moves every day as Duco chases him

James Bryant is moving to new accommodation every day as Duco seeks to take court action against him for live-streaming Joseph Parker's fights. Photo / Doug Sherring
James Bryant is moving to new accommodation every day as Duco seeks to take court action against him for live-streaming Joseph Parker's fights. Photo / Doug Sherring

A man being chased by Duco Events for live-streaming Joseph Parker's fights says he is moving to new accommodation every day, but denies he is on the run.

James Bryant told the Herald he "cracked up laughing" when he saw Duco had produced a "Wanted" poster for him, offering $1000 for his home address.

"I was actually watching TV with friends when I saw the wanted poster pop up, we all cracked up laughing and joked about who would dob me in so we could get on the piss and have a few sleepless nights," he said.

The "Wanted" image was posted on Duco Boxing's Facebook page.

"James likes attention so we'd like to give him a little more of what he craves," it reads.

"If you can be the first to personal message us his correct address, and, as result, we are able to serve him court papers, then we will give you $1000. Discretion is 100 per cent assured, so if you're his 'friend', you can dob him in, with no fear of reprisal."

Bryant said he had been recognised in public since the poster was produced, and the response he had received had been positive.

"A few people have noticed me in the streets and they have given me a high five and one guy even brought me a drink.

"I move to a new area every day so by the time Duco's team get here I'll be in another Airbnb somewhere in this country."

He denied he was on the run from Duco.

"I never admitted I was on the run, I have been on holiday."

Bryant previously told the Herald he wasn't worried about prosecution, and has started a Givealittle page to raise money towards legal fees.

Bryant said his parents, who live on the Hibiscus Coast north of Auckland, had been visited by private investigators looking for him.

Bryant used Facebook's Live feature to stream Parker's fight with Carlos Takam in May, saying the $49 price of the fight was "ridiculous", and issued a challenge to Duco boss Dean Lonergan to sue him.

He is one of eight people identified by a 13-strong combined Duco and Sky team investigating illegal live-streaming.

Duco chief executive Martin Snedden previously told the Herald he was dismissive of Bryant's comments.

"The guy's wrong. In our view it is out-and-out theft, and people are starting to get the message that the risk isn't worth getting involved."

Duco has been contacted by the Herald for comment.

- NZ Herald

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