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Joseph Parker On His Way To Top Five

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Joseph Parker on his way to top five

By Kris Shannon, Patrick McKendry
5:00 AM Monday Dec 8, 2014

A top five world ranking is on the cards for rapidly rising New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker after knocking out Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa jnr in Hamilton on Sunday.

Undefeated in 12 professional fights with 10 knockouts, Parker was ranked 10th by the WBA before the win and is on track for a further rise up the rankings. Trainer Kevin Barry believes the 22-year-old will break into the top five in the world this time next year after another busy 12 months of five or six fights.

"It was by far Joe's best performance," Barry said. "He has been showing me glimpses of that all year in the gym and in fights I'm seeing a little bit of it.

"I think he showed tonight just how world class he really is and if that doesn't put the shudders into a few heavyweights around the world I don't know what will."