Parker Stops Dimitrenko In Three, Retains Mandatory Slot

By Elliot Foster

Joseph Parker retained his mandatory position in the heavyweight division with another stoppage.

The New Zealander advanced his undefeated ledger to 21-0 with 18 early endings at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City.

Parker, 24, demolished former European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko (38-3, 24 KOs) inside three rounds and is now in line for a world title shot.

The first round produced the first of three knockdowns in the fight, in which Parker put on a clinic to retain his WBO Oriental belt.

He now has three options for his next fight, after ending this one with just seven minutes and 38 seconds of ring action having happened.

Parker is now in a privileged position. He will either face Anthony Joshua, the IBF champion, in his mandatory challenge or he could face Liverpudlian David Price, who boxes in Neubrandenburg, Germany on Saturday night, on November 26 at Manchester Arena, as part of the card topped by ‘AJ’ before a potential showdown in 2017.

But there is another option. Parker could fight Andy Ruiz Jr. for the vacant WBO world title, should the governing body decide to strip current titlist Tyson Fury, who was last week declared “medically unfit” to participate in contractually obliged rematch against former Ukrainian kingpin Wladimir Klitschko, which was set for the aforementioned Manchester Arena on October 29, before it was revealed on Friday that the lineal champion had tested positive for cocaine in a random VADA-conducted urine sample collected the day before he withdrew from the rescheduled Klitschko rematch on September 23.

Further details will be revealed in due course.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bender2000 on 10-02-2016

[QUOTE=yammy25;17090812]You mean the two guys that due to luck of birth get to fight from the two biggest boxing markets there is... how about you read #43 where i clearly said Dimitrenko wanted out the fight from the beginning before…

Comment by yammy25 on 10-02-2016

[QUOTE=Scott. Weiland;17090892]Exactly what I said, he should be stripped if he isn't prepared to face his mandatory. Right now it looks like Hearn is desperate to delay the mandatory throwing guys like Price in front of Parker to curb his…

Comment by ScottWeiland on 10-02-2016

[QUOTE=yammy25;17090821]its the IBF belt.. parker is mandatory, and they enforce them heavily. If he doesnt face parker he'll be stripped. Parkers camp stated they wanted the dimi fight before AJ and a possible Undercard bout on a matchroom card beforehand…

Comment by soul_survivor on 10-02-2016

Should have been disqualified if the ref knew the rules of the sport he was officiating. Clown.

Comment by Damn Wicked on 10-02-2016

Parker looked really fast and strong. Dimitrenko was hurt from the very last body shot when he was on his knee. He was in a particularly vulnerable position when he got hit by that shot...His left arm was raised, leaving…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (89)
Top Headlines's Television Picks of The Week - May 26 Dubois Gives Deontay Wilder The Edge To Beat Anthony Joshua Jarrett Hurd Turns Back on Lara Rematch, Wants Kell Brook Next The Unfortunate Reality of Canelo-GGG Rematch Negotiations Luis Ortiz Waiting For WBC To Make Ruling on Whyte Fight Linares: I Did Not Quit With Lomachenko, I'd Like a Rematch Photos: Ramirez-Mendez, Nyambayar-Escandon - PBC Weigh-In Evens Pierre Knocks Francisco Contreras Out in Seventh De La Hoya Smiles at Golovkin: Good Luck With Derevyanchenko! Photos: Ancajas vs. Sultan, Yafai vs. Carmona - Ready For War Artur Szpilka Drops, Dominates Dominick Guinn Over Ten Rounds Miguel Cotto Helping Polish The Skills of Angel Acosta Izu Ugonoh Returns, Stops Fred Kassi in Three Rounds Photos: David Lemieux Looks Depleted at Weigh-In For Achour Mazion vs. Pauldo - Golden Boy on ESPN Co-Main Set, June 8 Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter Deal Reached For WBC Title Berchelt vs. Barros Finalized For Merida, To Be Carried By ESPN+ David Lemieux Fails To Make Weight, Move To 168 is Eyed Luis Nery: I'll Prove I'm The Best at 118, I Want My Title Back Joshua, Hearn Stand Firm: Wilder Fight Must Be in The UK News: Tyson Fury's Return, Bare Knuckle Boxing, James Beech Epic Sports CEO on Securing Whyte-Pulev, Signing Fighters, More Inoue Confirms He’ll Compete in WBSS Bantamweight Tournament Brendan Ingle, Dean Francis Pass Away: Boxing World Mourns Tony Bellew "100%" Interested In Fighting Oleksandr Usyk Inoue Blows Out McDonnell in 1st Round to Win Bantamweight Title Trout: I'm Going To Derail Charlo-Hurd, Get Rematch With Hurd! Shiro Knocks Out Lopez With Body Shot in 2nd Round of Rematch Warren: Tyson Fury Will Avoid Comeback Mistakes of Haye Kal Yafai is Keen To Make a Statement in American Debut Frank Bruno Backing Dan Azeez To Go Far in Boxing Haye: Joe Joyce Would Take Jarrell Miller and Dillian Whyte Apart Demecillo Knocks Out Moya, Wenceslao Destroys Tinampay Wilder: Trump is Huge Boxing Fan, Wants a KO in My Next Fight Warrington: I Was Doubted at Every Level, Now I'm Champion Regis Prograis: I Knew Jose Ramirez Wasn't Going to Fight Me Buboy Denies Chatter That Pacquiao is Burning Out in Camp Omar Chavez Targets Hector Camacho Jr. For August Clash De La Hoya: Golovkin is Afraid of Canelo - We're Moving On! Photos: Ancajas vs. Sultan, Yafai vs. Carmona - Final Presser

Latest Active Forum Threads