Joseph Parker already eyeing next fight

Last updated 05:00 06/07/2012
Joseph Parker
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TOO STRONG: Joseph Parker lands a punch on Dean Garmonsway.
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Joseph Parker has banished his Olympic nightmare, revealing he wants his second professional fight before the year is out.

After beating Dean Garmonsway, a 38-year-old teacher from Huntly, on technical knockout midway through the second round, Parker says he's put his disappointment of non-selection for New Zealand at London 2012 behind him.

Instead, the man who has been dubbed New Zealand's most talented heavyweight since the iconic David Tua, says he wants to quickly build his professional record - within the next six months.

"I feel good about my first professional fight, I was ready for it and it was a good win for me," Parker told Fairfax Media.

"I was upset about not going to the Olympics, it was a dream of mine and I'd been working at it for a lone time.

"But I've turned pro now, it's in the past and there's nothing I can do about it.

"Hopefully there'll be another fight in the next six months, that's the plan.

"I'm not sure who that will be, I'm leaving that to my management. I'll take it as it goes."

Despite landing some decent blows, Garmonsway never looked like truly hurting Parker.

However, Parker paid tribute to the strong chin showed by his opponent - who could easily have stayed down as shots rained in on him.

"Dean can take a punch and he can give them. Give him credit, he was strong," Parker said.

"But I trained hard and I was confident I was going to get the win, it's the toughest training I've been through in my life."

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