Unbeaten heavyweight Joseph Parker (6-0, 5 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over 44-year-old heavyweight Frans Botha (48-10-3, 29 KOs) on Thursday night at the Trusts Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Parker dominated Botha from the the beginning and viciously battered Botha to the canvas with a barrage of clean punches. Time was 2:32. Impressive performance by the 21-year-old Parker, who trained for this fight in Las Vegas with Kevin Barry. Botha has now lost five straight.
In a controversial bout, introduced as the “dwarf world boxing championship,” Matthew Wood, a former bodybuilder turned reality TV star, won an entertaining three round unanimous decision over Colin Lane. Apparently they don’t believe in announcing the scores of fights in New Zealand. Both fighters are about 4’3 and weighed in at around light heavyweight.
In his pro debut, David Tua’s nephew Jordan Tuigamala scored a four round unanimous decision over 45-year-old Jody Allen (2-8, 1 KO) in a cruiserweight bout. No scores announced.
In just her third pro fight, late sub Arlene Blencowe (2-1, 1 KO) claimed both the vacant WIBA and WBF female light welterweight belts with a ten round unanimous decision over 40-year-old local favorite Daniella Smith (12-4, 0 KOs). Blencowe simply outworked Smith. No scores announced.
In his pro debut, Frans Botha’s son Marcel “Mayhem” Botha won a four round unanimous decision over Jeremy Sebastian (0-2) in a welterweight bout. No scores were announced.
Light heavyweight Sam Rapira (2-0, 2 KOs) demolished pro debuting Viliami Toafi in the first round. Rapira blasted Toafi to the canvas with a barrage of unanswered punches and the bout was waved off. Time was 2:09.