By Mark Elezaj
Former WBO Heavyweight Champion, Joseph Parker (26-2-0) put on an impressive performance with his 10th-round knockout of challenger Alex Leapai (32-8-4) on Saturday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center last night.
Parker looked very sharp from the opening bell. He came out strong, landing shots at will against Leapai, who spent most of the fight on the defensive, behind his gloves, trying to block Parker’s punches.
The only offense Leapai attempted were the the wild shots he would threw, hoping to counter Parker’s onslaught. A few wild shots did catch Parker clean, but Parker took the shots well and returned fire.
Parker was aggressive round after round landing combinations and uppercuts while Leapai was backed into the corner.
Parker was relentless, continuing to land big hard shots but Leapai somehow remained on his feet.
As the fight continued on, the action slowed down but Parker remained in total control, outworking Leapai and letting his hands go with ease.
Referee Ricky Gonzalez has seen enough and stepped in, stopping the fight at 2 minutes, 18 seconds after Leapai was unable to answer back to a flurry of punches to the head from Parker.
Final CompuBox numbers had Parker landing 198 of 545 total punches (36.3%), while Lepai only landed 42 of 217 total punches (19.4%).
With this win, Parker stated that he hopes to find himself back in the heavyweight title mix.
“I haven’t been in the ring in half a year, and we got more rounds than I expected. But damn, he has a hard head,” Parker said. “But I am very excited about my deal with Matchroom, and I look forward to putting on many more good performances in the future. When I started landing punches and he wouldn’t go down, I knew this was going to be tough. I had to be patient and pick my shots to get the stoppage.”
“I want to take any fight that comes my way, and I really want to stay busy,” Parker said. “I would fight Andy Ruiz. I know that he thinks he won that fight. Big ups to him for winning his fight against AJ, but if he wanted to settle his score, I’d do it.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~