Joseph Parker vs Alexander Flores
As more than 5,000 fans watched on in the packed out Horncastle Arena, and millions more around the world, Joseph Parker rediscovered his knockout power to put an end to Alexander “the Great” Flores in just the third round of boxing action last night.
After an action-packed undercard, the crowd exploded as Parker's entry was announced to the Roy Jones classic - Can't Be Touched. The big screen showed footage of Parker's highlights while Flores awaited him in the ring. Parker took his time, advancing to the ring surrounded by his retinue, draped in the blue and white of Samoa.
Not without controversy, it was fight that gave us our first look at a bigger, badder Joseph Parker. Carrying clearly more muscle than ever before and sporting a brand new set of facial hair, like it or not, this is the Joseph that Kevin Barry promised us.
NZ Fighter’s Harry Greenfield and Jamie Patterson were there to bring you all the action.
Both fighters orthodox, they met in the centre, Parker pumping the jab and advancing. Flores returned fire with a low jab. Parker followed Flores from corner to corner, landing a low jab of his own. Flores threw a 1-2 which lands, with Parker pumping the jab. Both men were cautious, wary of the other's power. Parker gave an inkling of his knockout potential, unloading a hard right hand into the guard. The jab-overhand right missed for Parker, who was the busier fighter. Parker landed a clubbing right hook to the forehead on the end of a 4-punch combination. Parker still worked the jab but started to fire the straight right after it. Parker landed a left hook, they clinched and the round was over.
Parker took the centre early, pawing again with the jab. Flores parried well, but still backed up. Parker with a jab-jab-cross that missed the target. Parker advanced hard working the body, and took it to the head on the inside. The clinch broke and Parker was still the one with forward pressure. A couple of jabs thrown from Flores, and a sole straight right. Parker landed a hard hook-cross but Flores was not bowed, returning fire in the clinch with his own counterpunches. Parker hunted the overhand right, stepping into the clinch of Flores. Flores worked the low jab again but was outworked by Parker. Neither fighter had been in danger yet, though it was Flores who appeared the more cautious. Parker with a heavy 1-2 into the guard to close the round.
Again Parker took the centre, but Flores was busier early with a hard jab. Parker missed an overhand right but succeeded in backing Flores up into the opposite corner. Parker stalked Flores looking for his opening and blasted right hands with murderous intent on the end of his combinations. A couple of hard jabs landed for Flores, but other than that he was being outworked. Again Parker with a hard 1-2 which crashed into the guard, but the next combination landed flush, the right hand sending Flores crumpling to the canvas, complaining of a low blow. On the restart, Flores was again on the back foot. The crowd roared as Parker followed him into the blue corner with murder in his eyes, an onslaught of punches like wrecking balls crashing into Flores, culminating with a cross-hook combination which flatlined him to the canvas with his eyes rolled back in his skull.
The referee called a stop to the action at 2:53 of the third round, for the winner by knockout Joseph Parker.
For all the action from the undercard, visit: https://newzealandfighter.co.nz/home/2018/12/15/parker-vs-flores-undercard