Parker Bounces Back With KO Win Against Flores
Following two high-profile losses to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte, Joseph Parker bounced back on December 15th win a knockout win over Alexander Flores.
The former WBO world heavyweight champion fought in his native New Zealand for the first time in over a year, following two disappointing trips to the United Kingdom against Joshua and Whyte.
Some may see a bit of controversy walking away from the fight, as Flores would accuse Parker of hitting the American boxer below the belt to referee John Conway.
While Conway would hand Parker two warnings, Flores claimed he got hit their more than that. “Alexander seems to think I hit him low three or four times,” Parker claimed after the fight. “I know I hit him low once but that’s the fight game.”
“I’m the fighter. There’s a ref who does his job, and the judges… All I do is throw the punches and make them land. We finished the year on a high and now it’s time to have a break.
When pressed by reporters, Parker claimed any low blows he threw were unintentional, but knew that he’d done them.
Parker is eyeing a rematch with Dillian Whyte, who depending on a win on December 22nd, may be Anthony Joshua’s next opponent. If Whyte ends up headlining Wembley Stadium in April, Parker has been linked to a showdown against Lucas Browne.
His trainer Kevin Barry said: “We were badly looking for a knockout to end the year with and I thought Joe looked tremendous.
“There’s a lot of frustration in Joseph Parker. We had a big year but came up short and Joe really wanted to let his hands go and get the knockout.
“He didn’t knock him out with a low blow, he knocked him out with a right hand on the chin and spun his eyes in the back of his head and he was down for about two minutes with his eye split open.
“Were there a couple of blows that were a little low? Yeah, there was a couple of low ones. If anything it might silence a few people that said Joseph Parker’s too much of a nice guy.”
Quotes Via Boxing Scene