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Parker vs Flores results: Joseph Parker scores third round knockout

Joseph Parker wanted to be more aggressive, and showed that on Saturday.

Joseph Parker v Alexander Flores Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Former heavyweight titleholder Joseph Parker said he wanted to be more aggressive coming into a bounce-back fight against Alexander Flores today in New Zealand, and the 26-year-old contender showed that side of himself, scoring a third round knockout win at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch.

Parker (25-2, 19 KO) keeps himself in the mix among the top 10 heavyweights with the win, and will now look forward to 2019 and a potential rematch with Dillian Whyte. Whyte beat Parker on July 28 in London, with Parker nearly rallying to score a final round knockout win in that bout.

Whyte (24-1, 17 KO), of course, has business to take care of on Dec. 22, when he faces Dereck Chisora (29-8, 21 KO) in a rematch at O2 Arena. And if Whyte wins that fight, there’s a solid chance he gets a second shot at Anthony Joshua next April at Wembley Stadium, which would obviously be bigger than a second tussle with Parker.

But Parker’s done what he had to do, anyway, snapping a two-fight losing streak and putting himself in the spot as best he can.

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