New Zealand's best prospect earned a few alphabet belts and his thirteenth knockout in fifteen fights earlier today as 23-year-old Joseph Parker scored a one-punch finish of Bowie Tupou in Invercargill just 63 seconds into the fight.
Tupou (25-4, 17 KO) came out aggressively, but was completely unable to handle Parker's speed. The young Kiwi used a sound jab to eventually set up a sweeping right hand that caught Tupou high on the head as he ducked in. The veteran hit the ground face-first and completely unconscious, Parker's third knockout victim of the year.
While Tupou isn't exactly a Triple-A opponent, Parker looked very solid. Considering his age (he's the youngest member of BoxRec's heavyweight Top 20 and one of only four under 29), he strikes me as someone to keep an eye on. Hopefully, we'll get to see him take a real test in the near future.
Tupou's other losses came to journeyman Demetrice King in 2009 and American standouts Malik Scott and Bryant Jennings in 2012, all by knockout. This marks the quickest defeat of his career.