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Joseph Parker destroys Bowie Tupou, next Kali Meehan

Tongan warrior Bowie Tupou, was the latest victim to the powerful fists of New Zealand prospect Joseph Parker. The contest took place at Stadium Southland, Invercargill, New Zealand, on the 1st August, 2015, in front of a sell-out crowd.

A Joseph Parker fight is a big event in this part of the World, and the 23-year-old has become one of the hottest prospects in World boxing.

Tupou (25-4, 17 KOs), a powerfully built fighter, entered the ring with a hard punching reputation. He holds wins over the likes of the decent Chris Koval, Manuel Quezada and Donnell Holmes; though has fallen short against better opposition like Malik Scott and Bryant Jennings. Even in defeat he normally gives a good account of himself, against Parker he wasn’t allowed to.

The Tongan Heavyweight came storming out for the opening stanza, he landed a big right hand but Parker took it well.  Joseph looked composed as he used his orthodox jab to distance himself from his onrushing foe. Tupou was reckless and got nailed with a hard right, to the top of his head, and it was lights-out. Referee Brad Vocale, not needing to complete the count on the horizontal Bowie.

The 6′ 4″/193cm Parker (15-0, 13 KOs), has steadily racked up impressive wins since his debut in 2012. He’s beaten the likes of Frans Botha, Brian Minto, Jason Pettaway, Sherman Williams and Yakup Saglam. He’s been brought along the right way.

Next up is another local derby, this time it’s against the experienced Kali Meehan (42-5, 32 KOs). Meehan has won his last four contests and has been a professional since 1997. He has mixed in World class but always fell short against the likes of Hasim Rahman and Ruslan Chagaev. In his only World title shot, at the WBO, he lost a split decision to defending champion Lamon Brewster.

At 45-years-old, Kali Meehan’s best days are in the past but he is still a good opponent for a heavyweight prospect. The fight takes place at the Trust Arena, Auckland on 15th October, 2015. Both boxers were born in Auckland, so a real local scrap.
With the likes of Sonny Bill Williams (7-0), Chauncy Welliver (55-11-5) based in New Zealand and Solomon Haumono (22-2-2), Mark de Mori (29-1-2), Alex Leapai (30-7-3) and Lucas Browne (22-0) based in neighbouring Australia.

Parker, has plenty of potential opponents to bring in the crowds in the Oceania region.