JOSEPH PARKER knocked out unfancied Solomon Haumono inside four rounds at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, New Zealand earlier today.
The promising home fighter is mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua’s IBF world heavyweight title, and Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry said Joseph’s next opponent will be revealed on Tuesday (July 26).
Haumono, 40, was not completely out of his depth in the opening stages as his fairly wild assaults got through at times, particularly his looping right hand.
However by the third he was visibly tired and then, in the fourth, bulled forward with his head bowed and Parker – sporting some swelling around his left eye – uncorked a well-timed uppercut which sent Solomon tumbling.
He rose on groggy legs, but not in time to beat referee Bruce McTavish’s count.