New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker has extended his unbeaten professional record to seven wins with a second-round knockout of Afa Tatupu in Auckland.
Parker, 21, secured the New Zealand National Boxing Federation title with a an impressive win marred only by a serious cut he suffered in the opening round when the fighters clashed heads.
The fight doctor considered ending the fight after the first round due to the state of the cut above the left eye but Parker's manager Kevin Barry requested one more round.
His charge responded with a flurry of punches which lowered former champion Tatupu two minutes into the second round.
It was an action-packed contest, with 33-year-old Tatupu opening in aggressive style and prompting a belligerent response from Parker.
The pair went toe-to-toe for much of the second round before Parker's superior speed and power made the difference.
Barry says it is important the cut is treated carefully so it doesn't impact on Parker's career long-term.
It may rule him out of a bout planned for Christchurch next month.
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