World heavyweight title contender Joseph Parker has missed his sister's wedding day as he focuses on training for his big fight next month.

The 24-year-old paid tribute to his sister Elizabeth and her new husband, Fonua Fuavao, who were married in Auckland yesterday.

Parker gave a special blessing to the happy couple on his social media sites.

"Congrats to my sister Elizabeth Parker and Fonua Fuavao on sealing the deal... Happy couple, wish I was there.''


The boxer remains in Las Vegas where he is training ahead of his heavyweight title fight against Andy Ruiz, on December 10, in Auckland.

The boxer shared a photo of his sister walking down the aisle with their father Dempsey, who is a well-known fixture at Parker's boxing matches.

Congrats to my sister Elizabeth Parker and Fonua Fuavao on sealing the deal today 😁 #Happycouple #Wishiwasthere

Posted by Joseph Parker on Thursday, 10 November 2016

"My beautiful sister Elizabeth and my father Dempsey. Wish I was in New Zealand for her and Fonua's wedding today, but have to focus on training for Dec 10.

"Lucky I can watch through Skype. Love my sis.''

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Among the wedding guests was Police Minister Judith Collins, who is a relative to the Parkers.

She shared a photo of Dempsey Parker and the bride yesterday, writing: "My lovely niece Elizabeth Parker is getting married today. Here she is with her dad.''