Joseph Parker knocks out Bowie Tupou in Invercargill

Joseph Parker took has taken his professional record to 15 wins and 0 losses with a swift knockout of Bowie Tupou in Invercargill.

The finishing punch looked innocuous, but the power was there - a low right hook caught the top of Tupou's forehead and he went down cold, and took a few minutes to come around. 

Live updates as they happened:

Round 1: It's all over!!! 

Ding!

10.38pm: Parker steps into the ring. Only a few moments now... 

10.34pm: Bowie Tupou has entered the ring to a chorus of tame boos.

10.22pm: Jeff Horn keeps all of his belts after the fight is stopped in his favour.

10.17pm: A heap of delays in the Jeff Horn v Viktor Plotnykov bout as Horn has bled for the last few rounds from a head butt. Lots of communication going on between the Horn corner and ringside ajudicators.

The Brown Buttabean was given a huge shock by Invercargill local Kaleni Taetali. Knocked out in 22 seconds. Source: SKY

9.13pm: It's over! What a result! Taetuli has downed Buttabean and taken home a $15,000 bonus for his 22-second flurry. One clean left hook set him on his way and he had an open look at nine and or ten more shots. Buttabean's legs turn to butter and he collapses.

9.11pm: The Brown Buttabean is in the ring and ready to go. Local boy Kaleni Taetuli is given a rousing welcome.

Tale of the tape:

Tupou gives up two inches on Parker but the World No.13 has twice the professional experience and currently holds the African heavyweight belt. Ranked inside the top ten for both WBA and WBO organisations, his punch to watch out for is the overhand right.

There's no secret that Parker's weapon is his speed with increasing power. At 107.5kg, he is at his heaviest fighting weight so far in his career and hopes another KO win will launch him into the top 5 worldwide by year end.

Joseph Parker at the weigh-in before his bout with Bowie Tupou. Source: Photosport


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