Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) got back his knockout ways, and inched closer to a matchup with IBF Heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, taking out Solomon Haumono (24-3-2, 21 KOs) in Round 4 at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Although Parker put Haumono down with a powerful right uppercut, there were complaints after the fight that referee Bruce McTavish miscounted.
“The count wasn’t clear; it wasn’t loud; it wasn’t precise. He [Haumono] was up at eight–it was as clear as a bell,” said Haumono’s trainer Justin Fortune (per Stuff.co).
Following the bout, Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry stated that an announcement on Parker’s next opponent will likely be made on Tuesday.
Parker is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF title.
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