Parker knocks out Haumono, Anthony Joshua in sight

The road to the world heavyweight title for Samoa’s new favourite son continues.


Lupesoliai La’auli Joseph Parker warmed up for his tilt at Anthony Joshua by knocking out Solomon Haumonoinside four rounds tonight.

Lupesoliai (20-0-KO17) is the mandatory challenger for Joshua's IBF world heavyweight title and wasted little time in blasting aside Australia-based Haumono in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Former professional rugby player Haumono (24-3-2-KO21) came out determined to upset the odds and enjoyed several moments of success early on - his ambitious overhand rights finding their target and causing some swelling around Parker's left eye by the second round.

The home favourite stayed calm and targeted the body of his visitor with some meaningful blows. Haumonoresponded with two more rights at the end of the end of the third but by that stage, the 40-year-old was already showing signs of tiredness.

Following the bout, Parker's manager Kevin Barry revealed that an announcement over the next opponent would be made on Tuesday.

Parker said he was pleased with the victory and acknowledged all his supporters.


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