A thumping right hook to the eardrum was all it took for Joseph Parker to defeat Faiga ‘Django’ Opelu as the Kiwi heavyweight got the job done within the first round.
The former world champion was in full flight from the very start and looked extremely comfortable against the Queenslander.
Although Opelu landed some nice shorts in the early stages, it soon turned into one-way traffic.
Parker landed a left hand on Opelu’s chest which then turned his head sideways and followed it up with a right hook that landed flush on his eardrum.
Opelu then staggered and eventually dropped to the canvas as the referee waved off the contest.
In his post-fight interview, Parker said it was “about making a statement” and now wants to “move onto the next one and fight as soon as I can”, claiming he’ll fight “anyone who’s keen.”
Parker’s great mate and WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury loved what he saw.
“It was a great performance and shows how hard Joe has been working in the gym,” Fury said.
Fury added: “Joseph Parker is f***ing back!”
TSZYU GETS IT DONE IN ONE!
Nikita Tszyu needed less than a round to dispose of Benjamin Bommber, with a brutal combination bringing an early end to the latter’s night.
Bommber got off to a strong start with a straight right hand in the opening 30 seconds that certainly caught Tszyu’s attention and the young Victorian landed another nice combination not long after.
However, that was as good as it got for Bommber as Tszyu then ramped up the intensity.
Fighting in close quarters, Tszyu unleashed a barrage of strikes which sent Bommber flying into the ropes as he was as good as gone.
Tszyu then fired off an uppercut which signalled the end, with the referee tackling Bommber to the ground to prevent further damage.
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BIG MAN BELLCHAMBERS KO’S MOONEY IN WILD SCRAP
Tom Bellchambers has put himself in prime position for a future cross-code footy bout against Latrell Mitchell after knocking Cameron Mooney out in the third round.
The former Essendon star dropped Mooney in the first round, although the latter landed a stinging shot that had Bellchambers rocked.
Mooney also landed a strong one-two combo in the second and was even sent to the canvas for a second time by Bellchambers, but the referee deemed it a push.
However, there was no questioning what transpired in the third round.
Bellchambers had Mooney rocked with a monster shot before finishing his rival off with a big right hand as the referee immediately waved off the contest.
The win could pit him against Mitchell, who posted on Instagram he wanted the winner of the fight in what would be a cross-code boxing bonanza.
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‘GRUESOME’: CONVERSE-WEARING BOXER BEATS RIVAL TO A BLOODY PULP
Campbell Somerville’s team was forced to throw in the towel in the fourth round after Isaias Sette put on a bloody beatdown of the towering star.
Sette, sporting a pair of Converse shoes, landed on Somerville time and time again in the early stages of the fight.
Although Somerville had the height and reach, Sette produced beautiful counterpunches with his back against the ropes.
His counter-hooks on both of Somerville’s eyes produced plenty of damage and busted him open.
Main Event’s Ben Damon said: “This is grotesque.”
Eventually Somerville’s corner saved him from further damage as they threw the towel in during the fourth round.
FIGHT DRAMA OVER BLOODY HEADBUTT
Jayde Mitchell’s night was brought to an early end thanks to a nasty cut above his right eye in his fight against Max Reeves.
The fight was an even contest before a nasty head clash between the pair busted Mitchell open, with Reeves landing a solid left hand on the exit which made it even worse.
The referee called in the ringside doctor to assess the damage with just over a minute left in the second round, with Mitchell’s sight being the key factor in any decision.
The doctor then conducted the finger test which Mitchell failed due to the blood trickling into his right eye, leaving the referee no choice but to wave off the fight.
Reeves was declared the winner via TKO due to a doctor’s stoppage.
However, Mitchell is convinced his controversial TKO loss should have been ruled a No Contest as the two cuts he suffered against Max Reeves — above the eye and on his forehead — were both caused by an accidental headbutt.
Initial replays appeared to support Mitchell’s claims.
Joseph Parker def Faiga ‘Django’ Opelu via KO in Round 1
Nikita Tszyu def Ben Bommber via KO in Round 1
Cam Mooney def by Tom Bellchambers via KO in Round 3
Joel Taylor def by Ben Horn via UD (57-56 x 2, 58-55)
David Nyika def Louis Marsters via TKO in Round 4
Campbell Somerville def by Isaias Sette via TKO in Round 4 (retired)
Jayde Mitchell def by Max Reeves via TKO in Round 2 (doctor’s stoppage)
Luke Gersbeck def Jack Moore via UD (50-44 x 3)