Heavyweight Joshua Parker Gets the Job Done
South Auckland professional boxer Joshua Parker, 25, has retained the WBO world heavyweight title after a wide points victory over former sparring partner, Romanian Răzvan Cojanu at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau.
“Parker’s team will say he was clinical; his detractors will say he was pedestrian. Either way, assessing the New Zealander’s maiden defence is a tricky business given how high the excitement bar was set the previous week by [Anthony] Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko,” Isaac Robinson writes for ESPN.
“Being clinical is certainly required at this stage of Parker’s career, of course. One false move and he’ll find himself belt-less and his aura of danger evaporated. It may not have been the spectacle his fans hoped for, but the job was done.”
Parker has an unbeaten 23-match record. As an amateur he represented New Zealand at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the super-heavyweight division.
Original article by Isaac Robinson, ESPN, May 6, 2017.