Joseph Parker scores violent third-round knockout over Alexander Flores
The worm finally turned.
Following back-to-back defeats, former WBO heavyweight titleholder Joseph Parker got himself back in the win column with a brutal third-round knockout of the unheralded Alexander Flores at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Saturday.
Parker, who is rated No. 7 by The Ring at heavyweight, pinned Flores against the ropes in the third and stunned him with a sharp three-punch combination. Sensing the moment, the New Zealander followed up immediately, knocking his opponent unconscious with a powerful two-fisted barrage.
“It feels good, really good,” said Parker during his post-fight interview. “Obviously you hope the other guy is okay but, as a heavyweight boxer, that’s the job you’re trying to do.”
In March, Parker lost a wide unanimous decision and his WBO belt to unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Less than four months later, the judges favoured Dillian Whyte who survived a torrid attack from Parker in the closing round.
Flores was a huge underdog and the fight went pretty much as expected, but Parker’s status as a former heavyweight titleholder should see him secure a high-profile outing in the first half of 2019.
Quote courtesy of a press release issued by Duco Events.
Tom Gray is Associate Editor for Ring Magazine. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing
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