Joseph Parker, 18-0, 16 KO, takes on his most difficult challenge yet when he tangles with Carlos Takam, 33-2-1, 25 KO, in a 12 round heavyweight IBF elimination bout, Saturday, May 21 at the Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City, New Zealand. The winner gets a crack at the winner of the upcoming Anthony Joshua IBF title defense against Dominic Breazeale.
Carlos Takam vs Joseph Parker
Takam, a 35 year old France based Cameroonian, gave former WBA champ Alexander Povetkin one of his toughest fights in 2014 before succumbing. Listed on Boxrec just under 6-3 and in the 240 lb range, here he is standing slightly back from the listed 6-4, 240 lb Parker, so even allowing for that diminishing perspective factor, likely Takam is slightly shorter than listed and/or Parker slightly taller.
No matter, it’s who wins that matters to the fighters, not size differences which are but one of a myriad factors in any fight. New Zealand born and recently relocated to Las Vegas, the 24 year old Parker is the young gun projected to be the favorite and the winner, but even at his best it’s likely to be a tough bout for him. It goes without saying that Takam is the hungrier, more experienced fighter here, a very dangerous proposition for any heavyweight no matter how credentialed.
We’ll see how well Parker responds to this new challenge of Takam that both need to advance further through the ranks, so fair play all and a big thanks from the boxing public for making such a good bout.
One of the top heavyweight prospects goin’ today, the 23 year old Joseph Parker, 15-0, 13 KO, steps across a couple of decades to go against the 45 year old Kali Meehan, 42-5, 32 KO, for a veritable blizzard of African/Oriental titles in a 12 rounder, Thursday, October 15th @ Trust Arena, Auckland, New Zealand.
Going way back to when Parker was just a schoolboy, Meehan lost a very hotly contested split decision against WBO titlest Lamon Brewster in Las Vegas. Outraged fans raised holy hell, increasingly fed up with mounting Don King promoted outrages. Fast forward 11 years later and nothing has changed in boxing save a few fresh new faces creating new officiating outrages like the TUE 49-0 “record.” This time though, crooked Americans are not likely to have any say in this outcome given the exotic location and foreign titles at stake. Both are native Aucklanders, so both will be favorites as the fan friendly old lion takes on the popular young lion.
Meehan will be the best fighter Parker has ever fought and he’s got some size to him as well. He’s ranked 29th on Boxrec at the time of the fight, only 11 spots behind Parker. He’s still crafty, can box or slug, so Parker needs some good nuance on top of a good night to see him off as Meehan won’t go lightly.
Auckland vs Auckland
Young prospect Joseph Parker, age 22, has a stiff challenge ahead to climb the big hill of the heavyweight rankings when he takes on 42 year old Sherman Williams October 16th in Aucklands, New Zealand. Already he’s breathed some much needed fresh air in the division by his youthful exuberance in and out of the ring, but he’ll need to be minding his schoolboy Ps and his Qs if he is to hurdle the shopworn but always dangerous Sherman Tank.
Mighty Joe Parker
This new kid on the block with an exciting take no prisoners style has down unders in New Zealand and Australia looking for their first ever heavyweight champ from those parts. Truth be told, he’s got a good shot at winning a title if he can overcome the usual personal, promotional, and fight setbacks, and more importantly, doesn’t become locked out of a title challenge due to boxing politics, something even the best heavyweights have sometimes had to overcome.
Williams who was last ranked 95th by boxrec is a good test, but my view is the one feature lacking from current heavyweight contenders and pretenders is a fatal failure to mix it up with fellow up and coming prospects who learn more fighting each other than against cagey veterans who usually only have a few tricks left in their bags that most everyone in boxing have already has figured out.
Will Young Gun Joseph Parker figure out the ol’ rusty beat up Sherman Tank Williams or is Parker to be left for road kill after Williams goes on a rampage through his artillery lines? We’re fixin’ to find out soon enough.
The current Ring heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko defends all his multiple titles against WBO mandatory Alex The Lionheart Leapai next Saturday, April 26th in Oberhausen, Germany.
Ukrainian vs Samoan
Most boxing fans know little if anything about the Samoan challenger now living and fighting in Australia, but Leapai is a charismatic all action slugger with a feel good story that can be easily promoted. The popular heavyweight from down under previously endured more than his fair share of personal and ring setbacks typical of young hardscrabble boxers as he fought his way up the food chain, but now he’s in a “the sky is the limit” moment that may see him utilize his full potential.
He did pretty well for himself training part time for his WBO eliminator against long time Ring ranked Denis Boytsov, knocking him down a couple of times to stay on top by a commanding decision even as Boytsov fought a heroic losing battle in their surprising matchup. With this awe inspiring performance bolstering him, Leapai will now be able to train full-time against the best sparring partners of his career to whip himself into the proper mental and physical form needed to topple a Klitschko, but only if he can stay away from his bountiful wife who has already blessed him with a half dozen children. Continue reading