Joseph Parker calls out Joshua, Whyte and Ruiz for rematches after stopping Leapai in tenth round


JOSEPH PARKER wants rematches against Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte and unified heavyweight champ Andy Ruiz Jr after stopping Alex Leapai in America.

The New Zealand boxer was making his first appearance on the DAZN boxing stream, and got the stoppage win despite looking ring-rusty.

Joseph Parker dealt with Alex Leapai – then called out for what would be three interesting rematches
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Referee Ricky Gonzalez stopped the fight at 2mins 18secs of round 10 after former WBO champ Parker drilled Leapai with a right hand that forced the Aussie to stumble backward briefly.

Speaking in the ring after the fight, Parker, 27, said: “I’ve been out of the ring for half a year. It ended up going more rounds than I expected. I just had to be patient.

“I want to avenge the losses to Joshua and Dillian Whyte.

“I could fight Ruiz again. He thought he won the last time.”


Parker is the only man to beat Ruiz, the Snickers-loving Mexican who stunned the boxing world by beating Anthony Joshua in New York at the start of June.

That went the way of Parker on a majority decision back in December 2016, but many believed he was lucky to get the win that night.

In March last year Parker then challenged Joshua with four belts on the line, but was comfortably defeated by a unanimous points decision in Cardiff.

Then in his third fight in the UK Parker was involved in a brutal war against Whyte, being knocked down twice for the first times in his career as he again lost on points.

At the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, US last night Parker pressured Leapai in the early rounds, attacking him with several hard right uppercuts.

Midway through the fight, Parker resorted to boxing, staying on the outside and landing quick combinations.

Leapai, a former title challenger, dropped to 31-7-4, with 25 knockouts.

Joseph Parker challenged Anthony Joshua in March last year but came up short and lost on points
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Joseph Parker fancies a crack at newly-crowned heavyweight king Andy Ruiz Jr



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