John Parker (boxer)

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John Parker
Statistics
Weight(s)Cruiserweight
Light heavyweight
Height176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Reach177 cm (70 in)
NationalityNew Zealander
Born (1994-04-08) April 8, 1994 (age 25)
Auckland, New Zealand
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights3
Wins3
Wins by KO0
Losses0

John Parker (born 8 April 1994) is a New Zealand professional boxer. He is the younger brother of Joseph Parker.

Amateur career[edit]

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.[1] Parker was a highly regarded domestic amateur, with his biggest achievements being two-time New Zealand national light heavyweight champion.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Professional career[edit]

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.[4] Parker won by majority decision, with one judge scoring it a draw.[5] 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.[6] He then improved to three consecutive wins and maintained his unbeaten streak with a unanimous decision rematch win over Ratu Dawai the following year.[7]

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.[8] He was then scheduled for a tune-up fight in Motueka against Luke Oakes in a four-round exhibition contest.[9]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
3 fights 3 wins 0 losses
By decision 3 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
3 Win 3–0 New Zealand Ratu Dawai UD 4 5 Jun 2017 New Zealand Vodafone Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
2 Win 2–0 New Zealand Ash McConville UD 4 10 Dec 2016 New Zealand Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand
1 Win 1–0 New Zealand Ratu Dawai MD 4 1 Oct 2016 New Zealand Vodafone Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John to make debut on brother Joseph Parker's event". Maori Television. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. ^ "John Parker follows big brother Joe into ring". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Junior Male Champions". Boxing New Zealand. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Joseph Parker's younger brother John to make professional boxing debut on heavyweight's undercard". Stuff. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Joseph Parker undercard - fight by fight". Stuff. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Boxing: Parker's brother John continues winning start". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Joseph Parker undercard - fight by fight". Stuff. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Nelson's Dawn Chalmers victorious in professional boxing debut". Stuff. Retrieved 25 February 2018.

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