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Parker sparks Martz in the 1st

World rated heavyweight despatched Daniel Martz with a blistering right hand in front of a vocal Claudelands Arena in the very first round of their scheduled 12 round contest.

Earlier in the evening stable mate Izu Ugonoh knocked out Vicente Sandez also in the first round of their fight with a devastating short right hand to improve to 15(12)-0. Ugonoh came out firing a very sharp jab and double jab and knocked down Sandez with his first straight right hand which left the Mexican unwilling or unable to continue, Ugonoh finishing the job 2 rounds quicker than Charles Martin was able to manage when he fought Sandez earlier in the year.


On the chief undercard fight Australian Jeff Horn battled to a decisive unanimous decision over talented Frenchman Ahmed El Mousaoui ina spirited give and take affair to improve to 13(8)-0-1.
Horn controlled the pace of the fight, using his trademark in and out movement. The fight was fought at a brisk pace and after weathering the early storm El Mousaoui finished strongly down the stretch but Horn was never really troubled and cruised to a handy decision victory which should move him up in the rankings with various organizations.

In the main event Joseph Parker demolished Daniel Martz in under two minutes of the first round. Parker started off with crisp jabs and a couple of telling right hands to the body. Parker then used left hooks to walk Martz onto an overhand right hand that landed just behind the ear of Martz leaving the American discombobulated and unable to continue.

It has been a good week for the Kiwi fighter who has now landed at number 10 on the updated IBF rankings and leaving him in a prime position to push for a mandatory position in 2016.

Parker’s handlers have stated that they continue to keep their man busy in 2016 hoping to fight him up to 6 times in the next 12 months which should make for some exciting fights in a heavyweight division which has now been electrified with Tyson Fury’s upset win over Wladimir Klitschko last week.

Parker’s next assignment takes place in Samoa on January against American southpaw Jason Bergman on January 23rd.