Joseph Parker wins with third round knockout

By Wepiha Te Kanawa

Heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker secured a third round knockout win over his American opponent. However Ngāi Tahu boxer, Robert Berridge had a bit more to contend with in his fight against his Russian opponent. 

It was the toughest fight of Robert Berridge's career, going head-to-head with undefeated Russian fighter Vasily Lepikhin.

The Russian has 16 wins, but Ngāi Tahu descendant Berridge had an obvious height and reach disadvantage. Only lasting 5 of 12 rounds, it was a solid hit from his opponent that ended the fight.

It was a different story for Joseph Parker who was determined to win.

Parker dominating the first two rounds, it looked as if his opponent Keith Thompson had no chance.

It was this upper cut in the third round that ended the fight.