Junior Fa Destroys Fred Latham; Wins by First-Round KO

By Keith Idec

Junior Fa destroyed Fred Latham on Friday night.

The powerful heavyweight from New Zealand needed just 1:07 to knock out Latham in a fight that was scheduled for eight rounds. Fa initially hurt Latham with a left hook to the head, before unloading a barrage of power shots to Latham’s head that forced referee Clifford Pinkney to stop the bout.

Pittsburgh’s Latham was out on his feet, slumped in a neutral corner, when Pinkney halted the action.


The 6-feet-5, 262-pound Fa, who beat WBO champion Joseph Parker twice as an amateur, improved to 13-0 and recorded his eighth knockout. The 6-feet-2, 261-pound Latham slipped to 9-1-2.

The 27-year-old Latham was unbeaten before Friday night, but only one of the nine boxers he had defeated had a winning record.

Fa’s quick victory was the second of four fights Showtime televised from the Masonic Temple & Performing Arts Center in Cleveland.

Also on the card, Charles Conwell continued the impressive start to his pro career Friday night.

The 20-year-old super welterweight prospect went the distance for the first time in six pro bouts, but floored Roque Zapata three times on his way to an easy unanimous-decision win in their six-round bout (60-51, 60-51, 60-53). Cleveland’s Conwell, a 2016 Olympian, improved to 6-0 in the opener of a four-fight “ShoBox” broadcast from the Masonic Temple & Performing Arts Center in Cleveland.

Panama’s Zapata, 22, dropped to 4-2-3.

Conwell drilled Zapata with a left hook to the body that sent Zapata to one knee with 2:19 to go in the fifth round. Zapata reached his feet following the third knockdown of the bout, but Conwell hit him with body and head shots for the remainder of the round.

A left hook to the body by Conwell hurt Zapata just before the bell sounded to end the fourth round. Zapata also suffered a cut over his left eye in the fourth round.

Conwell connected with a short right uppercut that dropped Zapata with 2:27 to go in the third round. Zapata came dangerously close to not getting up in time, but beat referee George Nichols’ count just in time.

Conwell’s left hook to the body, followed by a left hook to the head dumped Zapata to his gloves and knees with about 1:15 left in the third. Zapata got up again, tried to fight out of the trouble and survived until the end of the round.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by club fighter on 11-12-2017

Well, he's no technician but it was a fun KO to watch. He sure knocked that guy into another dimension, the look on Latham's face after the KO was priceless, lotta power. -Check the replay [url][/url]

Comment by Pusnuts on 11-11-2017

That's pretty cool if he has the reach, if he did all the high performance training stuff AJ does he'd be a machine Well good luck to him, he's going to get hit at the top level, no short arsed…

Comment by BigZ44 on 11-11-2017

Fa should fight someone like Pegoraro or Nasio next, then go for big fights against guys like Tupou and Haumono

Comment by Mick Higgs on 11-11-2017

Team Fa should push for a Commonwealth title fight in the 1st quarter of 2018!

Comment by Karoriori on 11-11-2017

[QUOTE=Pusnuts;18201066]He'll have to really be a non Samoan and eat right and watch that weight hard, if he ever makes his name he will struggle to live down Junior Fat as he will surely be known if he gets any…

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