John Parker (boxer)
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|Height||176 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Reach||177 cm (70 in)|
|Born||8 April 1994|
Auckland, New Zealand
|Wins by KO||2|
As an amateur, Parker had a relatively short career with an estimated record of thirty wins and five losses. He began under the tutelage of Grant Arkle and had his first amateur fight at 11-years-old whilst training at the Papatoetoe Boxing Club. Parker was a highly regarded domestic amateur, with his biggest achievements being two-time New Zealand national light heavyweight champion. He won the junior division in 2010 defeating Rehe Waiti, and had a close contest victory against Eric Finau in 2012 to take out the youth division two years later. Parker was also a three-time North Island Golden Gloves champion in 2010, 2011, and 2012, predominantly winning every national tournament he entered in. His last amateur fight was at the Auckland championships.
Parker made his professional boxing debut on the undercard of brother Joseph Parker's main event against Alexander Dimitrenko at the Vodafone Events Centre on 1 October 2016. He returned after five years away from the sport due to a wrist injury and commitment. He fought fellow countryman, Ratu Dawai from Christchurch over four rounds at a catchweight of 85 kilograms. Parker won by majority decision, with one judge scoring it a draw. In just his second professional fight he extended his winning record with a unanimous points decision over Ash McConville. Parker won all four rounds after he landed more punches than his opponent and impressed with his jab. He then improved to three consecutive wins and maintained his unbeaten streak with a unanimous decision rematch win over Ratu Dawai the following year.
In early February 2018, Parker was announced to fight on the undercard of heavyweight unification bout between Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua at the Principality Stadium in Wales. He was then scheduled for a tune-up fight in Motueka against Luke Oakes in a four-round exhibition contest.
Professional boxing record
|6 fights||6 wins||0 losses|
|5||Win||5–0||Jason Tuala||TKO||2 (4), 0:20||13 Nov 2020||Sky City Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand|
|4||Win||4–0||Ben Williams||TKO||2 (4), 1:01||10 Oct 2020||Sportscave, Stanmore Bay, New Zealand|
|3||Win||3–0||Ratu Dawai||UD||4||5 Jun 2017||Vodafone Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand|
|2||Win||2–0||Ash McConville||UD||4||10 Dec 2016||Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand|
|1||Win||1–0||Ratu Dawai||MD||4||1 Oct 2016||Vodafone Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand||Professional debut|
- 2020 New Zealand Fighter Boxing Awards Returning Boxer of the year (Won)
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- "Joseph Parker's younger brother John has been named to fight in the undercard of his heavyweight unification bout against Anthony Joshua". TVNZ. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
- "Nelson's Dawn Chalmers victorious in professional boxing debut". Stuff. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
- "BENJIS 2020 NEW ZEALAND BOXING AWARDS". New Zealand Fighter. Retrieved 5 January 2021.