Polished Joseph Parker Derails Tutaki Express
Believe the hype. Kinda.
That was the message the New Zealand boxing public received after heavyweight Joseph Parker took apart 43 fight veteran Richard “The Tutaki Express Train” Tutaki in under three rounds of boxing as the headline bout of the Woodstock Honey Fight for Life on Saturday night at the Waitakere Trusts Stadium.
Parker showed poise and technical ability far beyond in his years and experience in dominating the 43 fight veteran, Tutaki in under seven minutes and improved to 3-0 with all wins inside the distance.
Tutaki’s limited offense meant he spent large periods of the bout in a defensive shell as Parker surgically dissected any openings presented and continually trapped his opponent against the ropes.
The much heralded Parker, one of our most decorated amateurs to date, threw fast, crisp combinations to both head and body before dropping Tutaki with a left hook to the body at the end of the second round.
Able to beat the count and survive the round, “The Tutaki Express Train” was dispatched with an uppercut that left him hanging out to dry over the middle rope a minute into the third.
Although it was an impressive performance, it must be noted that Tutaki’s record stands at 20-22-1, with him only winning 9 bouts by the short route (while losing 15).
That, and his well-publicized legal issues, means that reading too much into this bout may be at your peril and there is now plenty of interest in seeing Parker face a more potent foe.
It must be noted that although Parker’s boxing skill looks to be top notch, he didn’t seem to possess the type of one punch stopping power that would put the world scene on alert.
This, however, is serious conjecture to be putting on someone 20 years old and with only three fights under his belt as many of us recall how awkward the pro game appeared to Parker in his first bout
Calls for matchups with countrymen David Tua and Shane Cameron seem like delusion at best.
Although Tua has stated that he would fight again, he and Parker are on two different paths with the potential matchup being on the wrong end of the risk/reward scale.
The same goes for Cameron who gains nothing from fighting a professional novice.
For now, at least, Parker’ s sights seem firmly set on unifying the two New Zealand Heavyweight titles and a high profile, at least in a domestic sense, bout with NewZealand Professional Boxing Association champion Sonny Bill Williams.
Not only is this the most logical short term goal for Parker in terms of magnitude but it would appear as the best litmus test as both are relatively untested.
His promoters, Duco Events, plan on keeping Parker busy with eight fights set for next year with the next possibly on the undercard of the Anthony Mundine – Daniel Geale bout in Sydney in January.