Parker pounds Botha for TKO victory

16:35, Jun 13 2013
Parker v Botha: Fight Night
Sam Rapira defeats Viliami Taofi in the first round of their bout on the Parker/Botha undercard.
Parker v Botha: Fight Night
Jeremy Sebastian swings at Marcel Botha (in black) but it's not enough to beat the White Buffalo's son.
Parker v Botha: Fight Night
Viliami Taofi tries to catch his breath during his loss to Sam Rapira.
Parker v Botha: Fight Night
Marcel Botha defeats Jeremy Sebastian.
Parker v Botha: Fight Night
Arlene Blencowe defeats Kiwi Daniella "Diamond" Smith for the WIBA women’s light welterweight world title.
Parker v Botha: Fight Night
Arlene Blencowe defeats Kiwi Daniella "Diamond" Smith for the WIBA women’s light welterweight world title.
Parker v Botha: Fight Night
Arlene Blencowe defeats Kiwi Daniella "Diamond" Smith for the WIBA women’s light welterweight world title.
Joseph Parker and Francois Botha
Joseph Parker sends Francois Botha to the ropes in the second round.
Joseph Parker and Francois Botha
It's lights out for Francois Botha after a flurry of Joseph Parker punches.
Joseph Parker
Joseph Parker stands victorious after his second round TKO victory.
Joseph Parker and Kevin Barry
Trainer Kevin Barry talks with his protege Joseph Parker after his powerful victory.
Arlene Blencowe
Arlene Blencowe with the WIBA women's light welterweight world title belt.
Arlene Blencowe
Arlene Blencowe (right) gets the decision in her favour over Daniela Smith in their light welterweight title bout.
Jordan Tuigamala
Jordan Tuigamala lands a body shot on Jody Allen.
Jordan Tuigamala
Jordan Tuigamala gets some words of encouragement during his pro boxing debut.
Matthew Wood
Trainer Monte Betham (left) talks to Matthew Wood between rounds.
Matthew Wood and Colin Lane
Matthew Wood (left) lands a blow on Colin Lane during the dwarf boxing bout.

Too quick. Too powerful.

Joseph Parker delivered spectacular confirmation he is, indeed, the future of New Zealand boxing by knocking out Francois Botha in the second round tonight.

Parker wanted to fight like a big man. He did just that - and more.

There couldn't have been a more definitive result than this.

In front of an animated home town crowd, Parker handed Botha just the eighth TKO and 10th loss of his 23-year professional career.

The 21-year-old Parker, who gave up 14 kilograms, hit Botha with six thunderous punches before he hit the canvas. It was a dramatic stoppage few predicted.

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The South Africa veteran was out cold. He needed to be helped to his stool more than a minute after hitting the floor. The 44-year-old looked a shadow of the man that fought some of the biggest names in the sport, including Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield and Wladimir Klitschko. He looked destined for a rest home.

While there were never any doubts about Parker's speed, this should put to bed question marks about his power. Botha was thought to be a durable fighter. Not tonight. Parker proved he can pack a punch. That will be the lingering memory.

Two months training under Kevin Barry in Las Vegas clearly paid off. Despite approaching his first eight-round fight, all week Parker seemed cool, calm; in total control. That was reflected in the most convincing win of his fleeting six-fight pro career.

All doors are now open.

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