Joseph Parker scores a dominant 10th round stoppage win over Alex Leapai.
Doing whatever he pleased, former WBO world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker made mincemeat of Alex Leapai. His tenth round stoppage at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island was the definition of “easy work”.
As promised before the fight, Parker came out more aggressive during the first round. Fighting on the front foot, the former champ marched forward and landed bombs to the head and body to the 39-year old Leapai.
In round two Parker started to hurt the underdog with body shots. Having his way, Parker did anything he wanted in there.
He began showcasing the uppercut on the inside towards the end of round three, continuing into the fourth and fifth.
Leapai was fighting at a slower and slower pace and by round six and was taking a beating. This fight was fast becoming nothing more than a glorified sparring session.
Round eight saw Leapai do next to nothing in there. Its at this point that Parker let the foot off the gas a bit, as he stepped around his foe fighting behind the jab.
At the end of the round, the underdog was bleeding from the nose and his corner showed signs they were close to stopping the action.
With a minute left in round ten, the former champion landed with a right-hand to the head that snapped Leapai’s head back.
Follow-up shots further hurt Leapai, which prompted referee Ricky Gonzales to step in and stop the fight with 43 seconds to go in the round.
Parker stated he wants to be more active. He mentioned his goal is to get in the ring and avenge his loses to Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua.
Parker also said he would love to fight unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz again, as well.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.