Joseph Parker remains undefeated

Joseph Parker continues to show he's the real deal.

The 22-year-old Kiwi collected a TKO against Brian Minto in the seventh round of their heavyweight battle in South Auckland.

It was a relaxed, confident Parker that entered the stadium to a thunderous crowd, and it looked like it was always going to be his night from the opening round.

Concentration was etched on his face and it paid off as he set the tempo of the fight, with Minto struggling to find his rhythm at all.

The height and reach advantage was clearly obvious for Parker, he laid some heavy right hands on the American veteran early on and they found their mark as Minto looked hurt, his legs giving him away.

By the fourth round the Parker chant was going around the stadium and despite Minto trying to get into the Kiwi's chest he was continually warned away by Parker's big right hand.

The Kevin Barry trained fighter then introduced his left hand in the fifth round, that combined with the damage his right had already caused put Minto on the canvas late in the round, but the battling journey man saw out the eight count to re-gather in his corner.

The obviously difficulty that Minto was having spurred Parker on, still looking fresh he continued to dominate the fight able to disrupt the 39-year-old's game plan.

The seventh round had Parker following the advice of his corner and he began to attack Minto's body, putting the American on the canvas for the second time and despite getting up it was obvious he didn't have a lot left in the tank.

His corner deciding that Minto had, had enough weren't able to put him out in the eighth.

Parker was impressive and it was a good sign that he came through unscathed by avoiding getting cut.

He is bound to come up the rankings with tonight's victory, his ninth from nine fights.

Other results tonight:

Kiwi Robert Berridge collected a first round technical KO over Rogerio Damasco.

Aussie Jeff Horn showed he's a fighter to watch battling through with a possible broken knuckle to pick up a unanimous victory over Fernando Ferreria de Silva.

The battle of the big boppers went the way of Dave "Brown Buttabean" Letele up against Lopini "MVP Horse" Vatuvei.

Young Kiwi Nik Charalampous was convincing in his bout with Aaron Lai, knocking the former NRL player down numerous times as he took the victory by an unanimous decision.

And the battle of the Gold Coast girls went the way of DJ Tuini who benefitted from having fought previously over Jade Louise.

Joseph Parker maintained his perfect record against American Brian Minto. Source: SKY


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