Saturday, 21 May 2016

Parker Outlasts Takam in a War & Sets Himself Up Financially With An AJ Title Shot

Joseph Parker vs Takam Fight Video Review 

First let me start by saying Parker vs Takam was an absolute war. It was fun to watch. Both fighters were tired throughout. Both continued to trade heavy shots and both showed enormous courage fighting to the final bell. In the end, the more polished and accurate combinations of Parker, led the New Zealander to a life changing victory. Parker is now mandatory challenger to Anthony Joshua. That bout will be ordered for purse bid by the beginning of November provided AJ defeats Breazeale, which he is widely expected to do. The bout will also mark a multi million NZ$ pay day for Parker, providing enough money to set himself up for life.

So what happened? Was Parker Impressive?

Parker was impressive in spots. But he also showed serious weaknesses in other spots.

Parker showed fantatic combination punching. It’s awesome to watch 5 & 10 punch combinations from a Heavyweight.

Parker has blazing handspeed and good power.

Parker showed serious limits and weaknesses in defence. He was tagged clean in nearly every round. The only thing keeping him up was his chin, which proved durable. Parker’s legs wobbled in round 7 (from memory), but he recovered quickly after.

Takam came into the bout in great condition and fought well. From the 4th round onwards he enforced a veteran trick. Try let the youngster punch himself out & Takam wouldn’t do much for the first 2 minutes of each round, changing it up with a hectic final minute of each round characterized by relentless combinations and pressure.

Parker was the rightful winner. Takam showed why he is under rated. Takam's only clear loss was a stoppage loss to Povetkin. Takam had Povetkin hurt several times throughout their bout.

Overall I give Parker’s performance a 7 out of 10. He won’t fight again until the AJ shot. He’s not going to risk a multi million dollar pay day with tune up bouts. But Parker is what he is. He’s a ridiculously fast Heavyweight with good punching power, combined with serious flaws in defence. He’s going to be very dangerous for AJ in the first 4 rounds. I favor AJ to win by KO in the mid rounds, but Joseph Parker is a serious threat. And a Parker early win wouldn’t shock me one bit.

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