Joseph Parker was tested in more ways than one by Sherman 'The Tank' Williams at Auckland's Trusts Stadium tonight.
After having his hand raised in a unanimous decision win, the Kiwi heavyweight was put on the spot by the veteran, who labelled the result "ridiculous" and demanded a rematch when crashing his post-fight interview.
"Let's do a rematch and I promise to knock you out in less than six rounds," Williams said.
The usually humble Parker was forced out of his comfort zone during the fight, taunting Williams after being caught squarely on the temple by his overhand right.
But after the fight, he quickly switched back into character and shut down the Bahamian 42-year-old with: "I already fought you. I gave you 10 rounds."
The judges scored the bout 90-100, 90-100, 94-97.
But Williams argued that he had won at least four rounds. Then he drew the ire of a packed crowd when he said: "This is why fighters from America and the Caribbean don't want to come to places like this."
Indeed Parker was forced to retreat when being rocked on at least two occasions but make no mistake, this was a shutout.
Extending his unbeaten record to 11-0 (9), Parker cruised through the early rounds by using good footwork and a solid jab.
Having been caught by Sherman's lethal right hand, trainer Kevin Barry was quick to remind his rising star to focus more on body shots to wear his opponent down for the knockout.
Parker did exactly that. And by the penultimate round it looked as though he would make good on his promise to knock the 'Tank' out for just the second time in his 17-year career.
But rather than risk an upset by being overeager to land the finishing blow, Parker showed patience in the final minutes and jabbed his way to a lopsided victory.
Parker, who went into the bout ranked 11th in the world by the WBA organisation, will next headline a Fight for Life event in December in Hamilton.
Joseph Parker v Sherman 'Tank' Williams(Parker retains WBA PABA & WBO Oriental Heavyweight Titles via unanimous decision)
Dave 'Brown Buttabean' Letele v John 'Huggie Bear' Lomu(Letele via TKO, Round 2)
Sam Rapira v Reece Papuni(Papuni won NZNBF Light Heavyweight Title via KO, Round 4)
Joe Blackbourn v Mike Junior Kapi(Blackbourn via TKO, Round 2)
Nik 'The Greek' Charakampous v Andy Robonson(Charakampous via UD)
Izuagbe Ugonoh v Junior Iakopo(Ugonoh via TKO, Round 2)
11:40pm- Williams grabs the microphone off Parker during his post-match interview and says "this decision is ridiculous," challenge Parker to a rematch then says "this is why fighters from America and the Carribean don't want to come to places like this."
His comments are met with boos from the crowd and Parker simply says "I already fought you."
Kevin Barry steps in with "it doesn't take a boxing expert to know Williams lost every round."
11:35pm- As expected a lopsided win for Joseph Parker. (90-100, 90-100, 94-97)
11:31pm- Parker hears the 10 second warning and jumps on his bike. Smart move. Solid win.
11:30pm- Williams warned for holding on too much. Parker looks energetic once again. Looking for angles.
11:28pm- Final round.
11:27pm- End of round nine. Close to a knockout there but Williams survives by clinching.
11:26pm- Big body blows landed by Parker and Williams looks ready to go.
11:23pm- End of round eight. Two rounds to go and Parker should have a unanimous decision. Williams still doesn't look frustrated, though and still has gas in the tank.
11:22pm- Far less punches coming from Parker now. He isn't used to going this far in his fights.
11:20pm- End of round seven. Williams pulls it back his way a little. Parker still looks good when he uses his feet. Barry tells him to stop head hunting and hit the body.
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11:18pm- Fair to say Williams' experience is serving him in these later rounds. He's looked to step things up and isn't gassed.
11:16pm- End of round six. Parker takes three successive shots to the chin and responds with a bit of show boating. Difficult to say how that affected him.
11:14pm- Parker finding success with the uppercut. Williams gets rocked and his punches don't quite have the same sting in them anymore.
11:11pm- End of round five. That's 5-0 to Parker as he drops bombs to the body of Williams.
11:08pm- Parker told to make better use of his feet to circle away from Williams' right hand.
11:07pm- End of round four. Parker cruising. Williams taking most of the punches on the gloves, though. Looking to time his counters.
11:04pm- Williams takes a flurry of punches then gets a break after slipping over.
11:02pm- End of round three. Parker wins it with more crisp combos. Williams throws a couple of blows after the bell.
11:00pm- Williams' trainer tells him 'you hurt this kid already.'
10:59pm- End of round two. A few tense moments but another one in the bag for Parker.
10:58pm- Parker gets a huge roar as he catches Williams with an uppercut.
10:57pm- Ominous signs as Parker gets rocked by the overhand right. A stumble but he recovers.
10:56pm- Kevin Barry tells Parker the right hand is there if he wants to throw it. Williams gets told to bang the body.
10:55pm- End of round one. Cautious start to the night by both. J.A.B is the order for Parker; Williams showing good patience but little in terms of scoring.
10:51pm- Here. We. Go.
10:46pm- Parker making his way out to Roy Jones Jnr's song 'Can't be touched.'
10:45pm- Coming to the ring now: Joseph Parker v Sherman 'Tank' Williams
10:38pm- We're just moments away.
10:26pm- Buttabean v Lomu highlights on the way.
10:19pm- Buttabean says he's off to KFC then on to the TAB to make a bet. The money will be spent on buying his kids some shoes.
10:14pm- Referee Lance Revill stops the bout as Lomu turns his back while taking punches. That's a TKO and $15,000 to Buttabean.
10:13pm- Boxing obviously comes naturally to the Buttabean. His jab is carrying the fight.
10:11pm- Bout starts with Buttabean flopping on top of Lomu, who rises slowly from the canvas.
10:10pm- And they're off.
10:05pm- Coming to the ring now: Dave 'Brown Buttabean' Letele v John 'Huggie Bear' Lomu
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10:01pm- Winston Peters reckons the Brown Buttabean and John Lomu are sponsored by Jenny Craig. OK...
9:47pm- But Rapira is again countered over that jab and gets floored for the third time. This time he doesn't beat the count.
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9:46pm- Again Rapira comes back with a nice shot and cuts Papuni.
9:44pm- Standing eight count for Rapira after being dropped again.
9:43pm- Heimuli tells Rapira that Papuni is coming over the jab. He's instructed to keep the fight in the centre of the ring.
9:41pm- Good conditioning shines through for Rapira, who just got dropped, beat the count then went about unleashing a few combos.
9:39pm- As we head into the third, Rapira is told by trainer Lolo Heimuli (who also corners for Mark Hunt) that he has being caught because he was lazy.
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9:34pm- Papuni breezes through to take the first round in a canter. Rapira forced to cover up early after being caught by a booming right.
9:31pm- Here we go. This is scheduled for 10 x three-minute rounds.
9:26pm- Coming to the ring now: Sam Rapira v Reece Papuni
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9:12pm- Kapi is caught with a thunderous uppercut and drops to a knee before his corner throws in the towel. Kapi has to be commended for taking on this fight less than 24 hours ago but it was clearly a mismatch.
9:10pm- Blackbourn finishes with a flurry of body punches that end only when the bell sounds.
9:08pm- Kapi taking a beating early in the first. Offering little in terms of defence.
9:02pm- Coming to the ring now: Joe Blackbourn v Mike Junior Kapi.
8:58pm- A refreshingly honest post-fight yarn with Charakampous, who said "the result could have gone the other way" if the judges liked the aggressive style of Andy Robonson. He also said he'd like a spot on the Fight for Life card.
8:56pm- As expected, a victory via unanimous decision to Nik 'The Greek' Charakampous.
8:55pm- At the end of the sixth and final round, Charakampous looks to have done just enough for the win. Robonson had a point deducted for a low blow and was caught with some sharp counter-punches after throwing a barrage of wild haymakers.
8:49pm- Nearing the end of the fifth, Robonson has well and truly got himself back in the hunt. It hasn't been pretty but some thumping blows have Charakampous well and truly on his heels now.
8:42pm- At the end of round three, Robonson has managed to swing the momentum ever so slightly with a couple of damaging hooks. A difficult round to score but you'd have to say it's 2-1 to Charakampous.
8:37pm- We're into the second round where Nik 'The Greek' Charakampous is dominating Andy Robonson. Clearly the busier fighter and has landed a few solid shots already.
8:24pm- We've just seen a great New Zealand debut from Poland's Izuagbe Ugonoh. Clearly a class above Junior Iakopo, the towering Pole dropped his opponent with a stunning right cross in the second round before the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Looking to be signed by Duco Events, it's fair to say Ugonoh made a good first impression.
Record:Won: 10 (KO 9), Lost: 0, Drawn: 0 = 9
Height:64 / 192 cm
Sherman 'Tank' Williams
Record:Won: 36 (KO 19), Lost: 13 (1), Drawn: 2, No Contest 1 = 52
Height:511 / 180 cm
Dave 'Brown Buttabean' Letele
Record:Won: 3, Lost: 3, Drawn: 0 = 3
Height:6'4" / 192cm
John 'Huggie Bear' Lomu
Record: Won: 2, Lost: 0
Height:5'11" / 175cm
Nik 'The Greek' Charakampous
Record: Won: 8 (5), Lost: 0, Drawn: 0 = 8
Height: 5'7" / 174cm
Record:Won 9: Lost 0
Record:Won 2: Lost 14