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How it happened: Parker v Botha fight night

By Chris Matthews

Published: 7:05PM Thursday June 13, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

  • Little Men: Matthew Wood (blue) and Colin Lane tough it out. (Source: Photosport)
    Little Men: Matthew Wood (blue) and Colin Lane tough it out. - Source: Photosport
  • Joseph Parker knocks out Francois Botha (Source: Photosport)
    Joseph Parker knocks out Francois Botha - Source: Photosport
  • Ring girl at Trust Stadium (Source: Photosport)
    Ring girl at Trust Stadium - Source: Photosport
  • Daniella Smith and Arlene Blencowe (Source: Photosport)
    Daniella Smith and Arlene Blencowe - Source: Photosport
  • Fight Night 13 June 2013 - Sam Rapira and Viliami Taofi (Source: PhotoSport)
    Fight Night 13 June 2013 - Sam Rapira and Viliami Taofi - Source: PhotoSport
  • Fight Night 13 June 2013 - promo girls (Source: PhotoSport)
    Fight Night 13 June 2013 - promo girls - Source: PhotoSport
  • Fight Night 13 June 2013 - Jeremy Sebastian (left) and Marcel Botha fight (Source: PhotoSport)
    Fight Night 13 June 2013 - Jeremy Sebastian (left) and Marcel Botha fight - Source: PhotoSport
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The Joseph Parker v Francois Botha fight night from Trust Stadium. 

Good Night

That wraps up our live coverage but Parker has made a statement tonight and really has a bright future. Forgot about the dwarfs, tonight was all about him! Check out video highlights of Parker's TKO here.

Parker Power

"I think my power is coming along quite nicely," Parker says in the understatement of the century.  

We will show you highlights of THAT big TKO as soon as possible. In the meantime check out highlights of New Zealand's first dwarf fight here. 

Not Baby Joseph anymore

"I call him Baby Joseph but he is not Baby Joseph anymore, he is a big man.  If you guys look after him he can break some bones," Botha said.

Round Two - Joseph Parker v Francois Botha

TKO Parker! A massive right hook buckled Botha's knees before a barrage of 10 or so clean shots dropped the big South African against the robes! The fight is over with 27 seconds of the round remaining.

Round One - Joseph Parker v Francois Botha

Parker used his reach well in the first round and landed some nice jabs. Botha is trying to engage in the odd tussle, but Parker isn't buying it. Parker's round.

Main Event: Joseph Parker (NZ) vs Francois Botha (South Africa) - 8 x 3 minute rounds

So here we go! It's finally the main event and it couldn't come soon enough. Joseph Parker enters with a massive entourage while Francois Botha bounces into the ring with a look of intent. Stay tuned. 

Round Three - Matthew Wood vs Colin Lane

So Mathew Lane makes history! He has won the first dwarf world championship fight EVER by unanimous decision.  A proud NZ moment. Now moving right along....

Round Two - Matthew Wood vs Colin Lane

Matthew Wood won that round with some big shots (excuse the pun) as we discover that Colin Lane gave up a heavy smoking habit last night. The plot thickens.

Round One - Matthew Wood vs Colin Lane

Matthew Wood might have won a round which can only be described as black comedy. Colin Lane was spinning around and exposing the back of his head while Wood landed a few haymakers.

Premier Undercard: Matthew Wood vs Colin Lane - 3 x 2 minute rounds

The little ones enter the ring. Colin Lane has 'Eye of the Tiger' as his soundtrack and Matthew Wood has the Killers' 'Mr Brightside' as his backing music. They are fighting for the NZ World Dwarf championship. A world first. Amazing how you can make up any bout you want in the sport of boxing.

Another disconcerting thing is that Mathew Wood is 80kgs - that is heavier than me! But I can claim a slight weight advantage over Colin Lane, who is 75kgs, phew!

Round Four - Jordan Tuigamala vs Jody Allen

Tuigamala ends an impressive debut with a strong round full of combos. With real speed and every punch in the book he could have a promising future. Tuigamala wins a unanimous decision.

Round Three - Jordan Tuigamala vs Jody Allen

Tuigamala lands some big right hands in that round and is well on top. He has good hand speed and may even get a TKO in the final round. Dad is happy too.

Round Two - Jordan Tuigamala vs Jody Allen

Tuigamala is landing some big shots and has a nice uppercut to go with a solid jab. His round again.

Round One - Jordan Tuigamala vs Jody Allen

Tuigamala won that round. He is quicker, busier and has outstanding balance. Should be a formality.

Jordan Tuigamala vs Jody Allen - 4 x 3 minute rounds

Another offspring from a man of note. Jordan Tuigamala is of course the son of Inga the Winger and is making his professional debut tonight. Jody Allen is 45, 24 years older than Tuigamala and has a two-win eight-loss record.

Dwarf Massage

Our roving reporter, Craig Stanaway, can reveal that one of the little men fighting tonight, Colin Lane, is super relaxed and in fact just had a massage, which is pretty standard practice.

Enjoying the hospitality ringside is nearly every Tom, Dick and Harry from the world of radio. It could be worth listening to their morning shows tomorrow, if only to hear a croaky voice or two.

Other celebrities of note include Steve Price, Ali Williams, Anthony Boric, Frank Bunce, and Haley Holt while there are rumours that Jaime Ridge has left the ghetto of Herne Bay and is soaking up the action too. 

Round Three

Hip hop may have come back and won that round but the representative of rock music, Bryce Casey, wins a unanimous decision.  That was an entertaining fight, maybe even the best of the night so far, but PLEASE shoot me now if that is the best tonight has to offer.

Round Two - Nickson Clark vs Bryce Casey

Hip hop fights back but the power of rock is rightfully reigning supreme in West Auckland.

Round One - Nickson Clark vs Bryce Casey

The taller Casey uses his reach to his full advantage and he lands some heavy shots. Definitely rocks round.

Nickson Clark vs Bryce Casey - 3 x 2 minute rounds

So two radio jocks to fight it out here and it's a real battle of ideologies - rock v hip hop. Casey is representing the head bangers and Clark the low riders but can they do any talking in the ring? 

The MAD butcher

Craig Stanaway spoke to the Mad Butcher not so long ago and he was PUMPED! The Knight also revealed that his wife is a big boxing fan and he likes a drink or five. Check out the interview here.

Tears from Blencowe

"To my kids, guess what - Mum is a world champion," an emotional Blencowe says in the ringside interview.

The parental theme is really at the forefront tonight. Who would have thought?

Round 10 - Daniella Smith vs Arlene Blencowe

Blencowe finishes the job with some more solid shots and she will hear in a few moments that she is the new WIBA Womens Light Welterweight World champion and WBF Womens Welterweight champion. The score may even be a 100-90 shutout but they don't read out the score and Blencowe is the new champion by unanimous decision.

Round Nine - Daniella Smith vs Arlene Blencowe

Another round to Blencowe  but you have to give Smith some credit. She has taken a lot of shots and is a bloody tough woman. 

Round Eight - Daniella Smith vs Arlene Blencowe

Smith comes at Blencowe but the Kiwi tires and the Aussie, who is the fitter fighter, keeps on landing her body shots. This one-sided fight is nearly over.

Round Seven - Daniella Smith vs Arlene Blencowe

That is six rounds (possibly even seven) to Blencowe now. Daniella Smith needs a knockout now.

Round Six - Daniella Smith vs Arlene Blencowe

It's back to the status quo with the Aussie the far busier fighter.

Round Five - Daniella Smith vs Arlene Blencowe

Daniella Smith may have won that round but is it all too late?

Round Four  - Daniella Smith vs Arlene Blencowe 

That's four rounds to the Aussie now.

Round Three  - Daniella Smith vs Arlene Blencowe

More of the same from Blencowe. New Zealander Smith isn't throwing enough punches and she is behind by three rounds here.

Round Two  - Daniella Smith vs Arlene Blencowe

Both girls are sporting braids but the Aussie Blencowe is really the aggressor here and is well on top.

Round One - Daniella Smith vs Arlene Blencowe 10 x 2 minute rounds

So the big women's title fight is underway. The younger Blanco definitely won that round with plenty of body shots of note. Two minute rounds here which is a little bit too quick for my liking.

Celebrity Watch

Our on the ground reporter, Craig Stanaway, says that there is no atmosphere at all at the moment. Dinner is apparently more tempting than what the ring has to offer although that TKO should have lifted the excitement levels somewhat.

Who is there? Well so far Craig has seen Wairangi Koopu, the Mad Butcher, Warriors coach Mathew Elliot, the one and only Winston Peters, Kayla Cullen and Inga the Winger. Exciting stuff.

Round One - Sam Rapira vs Viliami Taofi

TKO! Rapira was on top from the start and a massive right hand got the Tongan against the robes before a barrage of punches, 12 unanswered we counted, gave referee Lance Revill no option but to stop the fight.

Fight 2 - Sam Rapira vs Viliami Taofi - 4 x 3 minute rounds

The namesake of the Warriors frontrower, with a 1-0 record, takes on the 32-year-old Tongan Viliami Taofi in his first professional fight.

Kevin Barry Interview

ONE Sport reporter Joe Porter interviewed Joseph Parker's trainer Kevin Barry not so long ago. Check it out here.

Round Four - Jeremy Sebastian vs Marcel Botha

Baby Botha lands some nice jabs at the beginning of the final round before both boxers got hit by a serious bout of laic acid. Decision coming and Marcel Botha wins by unanimous decision.

Round Three
- Jeremy Sebastian vs Marcel Botha 

Baby Botha wins that round. He has found his range and is in control of the fight. And Dad is happy too.

Round Two - Jeremy Sebastian vs Marcel Botha

Another hard round to call. Botha landed some solid body shots but Sebastian was a lot busier. Daddy Botha says his son "is well in control" The grass is certainly greener though a father's eyes.

Round One - Jeremy Sebastian vs Marcel Botha

That is a tough round to call. Both fighters just feeling each other out but maybe the Aussie landed a couple more shots of note.

Fight 1 - Jeremy Sebastian vs Marcel Botha - 4 x 3 minute rounds

Maybe a little glance into the future here with Francois Botha's son, Marcel, fighting in his first professional fight. Marcel is a 23-year-old junior middleweight and has been dubbed the 'Baby Buffalo. How apt. His opponent is Jeremy Sebastian from South Australia who has had one professional fight and one loss. Botha has a slight reach advantage and they're off.

Pre-Fight

Welcome to onenews.co.nz's live updates of the Joseph Parker v Francois Botha fight night from Trust Stadium in the Wild, Wild West.

If you aren't lucky enough to be there tonight, or can't justify forking out 40 big ones to watch this on pay-per-view, this text commentary might just be the next best thing.

But if you do want to see some blood, sweat and tears, we will provide video throughout the night so you can see what you are (or aren't) missing out on.

Our man suited up tonight is boxing aficionado and Seven Sharp reporter Craig Stanaway who will give us on the scene reports of all the action and might even tell us what Jaime Ridge is wearing. One can only hope.

The main event, between baby Joseph and the White Buffalo, is the main attraction and rightfully so but this event has had its fair share of novelty coverage.

The little man fight between Matthew Wood and Colin Lane, which is unbelievably the premier undercard, has been simmering in the headlines for weeks.

The PC brigade claim is exploitation while promoters Dean Lonergan and David Higgins say it's simply entertainment. And you really can't argue with that logic. Although the question begs - what next? Two grannies?

The other undercard fight of note is a woman's world title fight between Arlene Blencowe and Daniella Smith which many believe should be above the little guys fight and we would tend to agree.

But really tonight is all about Parker. The 21-year-old is touted as the next big thing in New Zealand boxing and this is his opportunity to make a statement against an experienced scrapper who has no fear. Can't wait!

The first fight is set to kick-off at 7:30pm. Stay tuned.

Order of Fights

Jeremy Sebastian vs Marcel Botha - 4 x 3 minute rounds

Sam Rapira vs Viliami Taofi - 4 x 3 minute rounds

WIBA Women's Light Welterweight World Title and WBF Women's Welterweight Title Fight: Daniella Smith vs Marta Branas Blanco - 10 x 2 minute rounds

Nickson Clark vs Bryce Casey - 3 x 2 minute rounds

Jordan Tuigamala vs Jody Allen - 4 x 3 minute rounds

Premier Undercard: Matthew Wood vs Colin Lane - 3 x 2 minute rounds

Main Event: Joseph Parker (NZ) vs Francois Botha (South Africa) - 8 x 3 minute rounds

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