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Classy Parker beats Tuteru in second round

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 23:47 09/11/2012
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PRIMED AND READY: Joseph Parker is considered the 'next great hope' of the Kiwi boxing scene.

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Rising young New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker did the business in Auckland, demolishing Terry Tuteru in the second round of their fight last night.

Parker floored Tuteru four times in the second round before the referee stepped in to stop the fight.

That allowed Parker to claim his second win in as many bouts since turning professional earlier in the year.

Tuteru, weighing 167kg and clearly lacking fitness, was no match for the trim Parker.

The 30-year-old Tuteru hadn't been in a boxing ring since 2007 and it showed. Dragged in as a last-minute opponent, he wasn't just horribly overweight, he was rusty and largely cumbersome.

Apart from a couple of flurries that got the decent-sized crowd excited, he was forced into defence against the fast hands of Parker.

He was nowhere near Parker's class and this was an embarrassing mismatch as the result left Tutera without a win from 11 pro fights dating back to 2001.

Parker's handlers need to get their act together in promoting their 20-year-old charge into more credible fights.

Their next chance comes in December's Fight For Life extravaganza where Parker will be a star attraction amongst an amateur field of sportsmen drawn from other codes.

But a worthy opponent must be found to explore Parker's true potential.

He copped a couple of decent blows from Tuteru late in the first round but smelled blood in the second round and finished the job with one second left.

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