Joseph Parker's backers are promising a better challenge for the rising heavyweight boxer in his next fight.
Parker predictably demolished an out of shape and out of touch Terry Tuteru in West Auckland on Friday night with a second round stoppage after he floored his 167kg opponent four times.
It wasn't a good look for the sport and Parker and his team are keen to move on quickly. Next is a headline act at Fight For Life on December 15, a stage too big for a repeat of the last embarrassment.
"Terry looked terrible," was the massive understatement from Dean Lonergan, whose company Duco Events is promoting Parker in a freshly signed six-year deal.
"But we had had to take the guy at short notice and that's what we got.
"We want to step Joseph up. We need someone who can fight . . . we need to test Joseph Parker and he wants to be tested."
Lonergan said they would be taking match-making advice. It was crucial to handle the 20-year-old's infancy in the professional ranks carefully.
They would continue to look locally and a couple of names sprung out - Richard Tutaki, the boxer who missed out on fighting Sonny Bill Williams because of drugs and driving charges, and Afa Tatupu. Both are experienced, hard-hitters. They fought each other last week with Tatupu winning with a fifth round TKO.
Despite the physical limitations of his last opponent, Parker was simply happy to see some action and take his pro record to 2-0. Parker looked classy, showing good body movement and hand speed
"I'm happy. I haven't been in the ring for a while. I'm not really up to standard yet . . . I've still got heaps to learn and heaps to practise in the gym," Parker said. "I'm just a baby, at the start of my career. I'm taking it slowly but it's very exciting.
"I'll leave it up to the managers and promoters to sort out who I fight next.
"I'll go back to the drawing board and start training again. This is the best training I've done in my life. I've lost a bit of weight and gained a bit of power."
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