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Parker knocks out Martz, eyes Samoa

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LIGHTS OUT: Lupesoliai Joseph Parker lands the right that fl oored The Mountain last night. More from the Fight for Life in Sports. Photo: NZ Herald.

Heavyweight boxer, Lupesoliai Joseph Parker, added one more knockout to his impressive record last night.

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Parker floored Daniel 'The Mountain' Martz with a lethal right hook one minute and 57 seconds into the first round of their Fight for Life clash in Hamilton.

The win means the Parker train continues to roll, gaining momentum with each floored opponent as the camp set their sights on title contention in a recently revitalised heavyweight division.

"I was happy with he performance - we got a good result," Parker.

"There are still a few things to work on but we got there."

But first up is a trip to Samoa on 23 January 2016, where Parker will face his first-ever southpaw challenger in the form of Jason Bergman, 25-11-2, 16 KOs.

Speaking after the fight last night, Parker said he was really looking forward to fighting in front of his fans in Samoa.

He said he was grateful to Duco Events, Burger King and all his sponsors for making the Tuanaimato fight happen.

So what of the challenge offered by Martz last night?

Well it wasn't much.

Parker started slowly, working his way to the body of his much taller opponent. The rangey American managed to avoid Parker’s power for the first few seconds but that didn't last long. Parker connected a left to the body with his lethal right and that was the fight.

Trainer Kevin Barry said he was pleased with Parker’s effort last night, with the win improving his ranking with all the major boxing organisations.

As for a world title fight?

Parker said that shouldn't be too far away.

"I'm not sure I'm ready for it yet.

We still have a lot of work on but I'm not too far away. We've got a good plan with my coaches and trainers and well stick to that."'

While he admitted he still has plenty to work on, the road to the title campaign is picking up momentum and in a few weeks, that will roll into Apia where Parker is expected to be treated to a hero’s homecoming.

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