Joseph Parker vs Alexander Dimitrenko
BY KID HERSH
At Vodafone Events Center in Manukau City, New Zealand, Joseph Parker (20-0, 17KO's) took on his stiffest test yet against Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24KO's). Marlon B Wright was the referee. In the first round Dimitrenko was looking to establish his jab while Parker was trying to create openings to get inside on the giant man so that he could land power shots. Midway through the round he did just landing - landing a combination after stunning Dimitrenko with a left hook to his exposed chin. He rose and was smiling but surely hurt from the punches, but would recoup to make it through the round and land some good jabs to keep Parker on the outside. The fight would continue in much the same way in the second round, with Dimitrenko going down two more times nearing the end of the second. Not everything Parker was throwing was landing flush, however, as Dimitrenko did not look like he was in serious trouble despite going down in the fight three times in two rounds. He is not judging the distance well and having problems with Parkers faster feet - which is his biggest problem - but it seems like Parkers punches thus far are more so catching him out of position to score knockdowns. Then in the third round some controversy came when Dimitrenko went down to one knee midway through the round and Parker unleashed a late right hand to the body when Dimitrenko was already clearly down on one knee. It looked like Marlon Wright did not quite know what to do at first but eventually counted him out. The announcer (not Colonel Bob Sheridan) said that it was surely an acting job, saying "He is winning a couple of Oscars: best actor, best producer, best screaming, crying screenplay." The interesting thing is that while it may have been an acting job, it was indeed a foul and Parker could have been disqualified for it.