Former WBO Heavyweight World Champion, Joseph Parker, claimed a tenth round stoppage over Alex Leapai at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday.
Parker seemed to be cruising to a points victory, when he unloaded two separate right hands, wobbling his Australian opponent and forcing the referee to wave a halt to the contest, much to Leapai’s dismay.
In a post-fight interview, Parker signalled his intention to stay busy in 2019 and remarked that he is keen for a rematch with newly crowned Heavyweight King, Andy Ruiz Jr.
“I haven’t been in the ring in half a year, and we got more rounds than I expected,” said Parker. “But damn, he has a hard head. I am very excited about my deal with Matchroom, and I look forward to putting on many more good performances in the future. When I started landing punches, and he wouldn’t go down, I knew this was going to be tough. Thanks to my team, New Zealand, Australia, UK fans. I had to be patient and pick my shots to get the stoppage.
“Right now, I want to take a break. Then I will sit down with my team. I want to take any fight that comes my way, and I really want to stay busy.
“I would fight Andy Ruiz; I know that he thinks he won that fight. Big ups to him for winning his fight against AJ but if he wanted to settle his score, I’d do it.”