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Joseph Parker crushes Yakup Saglam in two rounds

By Allan Fox: Undefeated #8 WBO, #10 WBA heavyweight contender Joseph Parker (14-0, 12 KOs) stayed unbeaten on Saturday night with a two round knockout over the more experienced but terribly limited Yakup Saglam (34-4, 31 KO) at the Manawatu Arena in Palmerston North, New Zealand.


The 6’4” Parker dropped the 38-year-old Saglam with a right cross to the head that sent him flying to the canvas. The referee John Conway then halted the contest at 0:45 of the round when it was clear that Saglam was too hurt to continue.

In the 1st round, Parker had Saglam in trouble after trapping him against the ropes several times and bludgeoning the German based fighter repeatedly with right hands. Saglam looked slightly dazed at one point from a strong right hand from Parker, but he was still able to make it out of the round.


It wasn’t much of a fight because Saglam didn’t have the punching power, talent, defense or the mobility to stay away from Parker or make him think twice about testing him. To compete with a heavyweight like Parker, you’ve got to have a fairly sturdy chin and major punching power. Saglam had neither going for him tonight, so it only a matter of time before Parker got to him to score the knockout.

There wasn’t much variety from Parker in terms of offense. It was pretty much all right hands from him. He was occasionally using his left, but he wasn’t able to get the same kind of power on his left hand shots as he did with his rights. Parker is going to need to develop his left hand more in the future to make it a weapon for him because he seems pretty reliant on his right hand to do everything. The good news for Parker is his right hand is so good that few heavyweights can handle his punching power. Parker has the kind of power that he knockout anybody in the division if he lands his shots enough.

The 23-year-old Parker came into the fight as the WBO Oriental and PABA heavyweight champion. Parker has the kind of punching power that can make him a major threat to any of the heavyweights in the division. Guys like Anthony Joshua are getting all the attention, but Parker would be a definite threat against someone like that due to his right hand power and his fearlessness.

The 23-year-old Parker will be in action next month on August 1st against an opponent still to be determined in New Zealand.

In other boxing results on the card, undefeated #13 WBO, #15 WBO welterweight Jeff Horn (10-0, 8 KOs) stayed undefeated with a 3rd round knockout win over #11 WBA Richmond Djarbeng (19-2-1, 15 KOs). In both the 2nd and 3rd round, Horn had Djarbeng down on the canvas.

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