Joseph Parker Forces Brian Minto To Quit In Seven Rounds

By Jake Donovan

Unbeaten Joseph Parker registered his fourth consecutive stoppage victory, the latest coming Saturday evening when forcing visiting Brian Minto to quit after seven one-sided rounds at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manakau City, New Zealand. 

From the moment Minto first appeared on the arena floor, the American journeyman bore the look of a man who knew he was in for a long night. The evening carried a far different feel than his last road trip to New Zealand, an upset knockout win over Shane Cameron. 

His suspicisions proved accurate on Saturday evening. Parker was in complete control from the opening bell, which was made a little easier by his being the only one of the two willing to fully engage. Minto offered the best of what he had, but knew he was in over his head against the red-hot 22-year old prospect.

Parker mixed boxing and banging in the early going, looking for the right opening before letting his hands go and seeking an early exit. The first step towards that goal came in round five, when Minto was floored for the bout's lone knockdown. The American managed to make it to his feet and out of the round, but looked physically and mentally shook.

Things never got better for Minto, who was getting caught with right hands and his ability to defend himself rapidly declining. His corner had a good sense of this, stepping in to force their fighter to quit after seven rounds of one-sided action. 

Parker rolls to 9-0 (8KO) with the win. The New Zealander has been forced to go the distance just once in his career a six-round shutout of Brice Ritani Coe last May in his lone appearance in the United States to date. His current knockout streak includes a two-round stoppage of Frans Botha last June and a 7th round stoppage of Marcelo Luuz Nascimento this past April in Germany. 

Minto falls to 39-8 (25KO) with the loss, snapping a two-fight win streak. The 39-year old American hoped to catch lightning in a bottle in his second straight trip to New Zealand, but instead suffers his first stoppage loss in more than two years. 


Rising welterweight prospect Jeff Horn was dominant in a 12-round shutout over Brazil's Fernando Ferreira da Silva. Scores were 120-107 across the board in favor of Horn, a member of the 2012 Australia Olympic boxing squad and who has impressed through eight pro fights. 

Horn was the on the verge of ending the night early on several occasions, but a busted knuckle late in the fight forced the 26-year old to go the full 12 rounds. A bit of window dressing came in the 12th and final round, as da Silva was dropped for the bout's lone knockdown and by that point content to just survive. 

The win runs Horn's record to 8-0-1 (6KOs) as his handlers continue to seek out far more experienced foes to keep things interesting. 

da Silva falls to 34-2-1, ending a six-fight win streak versus modest competition. The bout marked the first outside of Brazil for the 36-year old visitor.

The card aired live on Australia Main Event. 

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tonyu on 07-06-2014

I like this Kid Parker and his still learning - his progress is excellent - I predict a bright future and what a nice humble Kid - I've seen a few interviews and press conferences that his had- it's nice…

Comment by Slowhand on 07-06-2014

Parker looks great on the offense but his defense needs a lot of work before he´s ready for the top ten. Give him two or three years and I believe he could be fighting for a world title, by then…

Comment by TheGoodBoy on 07-05-2014

Joseph Parker is a promising HW star in the making, he is gonna make some noise! Watch out Wilder

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