• Dexter Hastings

Parker Has Eyes On Billy Joe


Derby born Zach Parker has got his eyes set on a world title shot against current Champ Billy Joe Saunders after his impressive victory against Rohan Murdock. Murdock was ranked number 1 contender by the WBO coming into this 12 round contest which was for the WBO inter- continental super Middleweight title. Parker who was ranked number 2 by the WBO started the high passed fight well letting off good shots from inside and from range, Murdock was fighting back hard and trying to rough up Parker when they got close. There were some close rounds in the fight but Parker was edging a lot of the rounds with the better boxing and cleaner shots. By the end tenth round both fighters were looking tired as the went back to there corners.

The eleventh round was a cracker with Murdock and Parker both going for it, Murdock seemed to come out worst in the exchanges and was then caught with some cracking shots by Parker who put Murdock down with a devastating left hook. Murdock some how managed to get to his feet but after the ref looked at him and asked him to walk forwards he waved the fight off.


After the fight Parker said “I want the world title shot as soon as possible, I should be number one contender now and mandatory for a world title. If Billy Joe hasn’t got the Canelo fight , I’m ready".



Dexter’s Thoughts

What a great performances by Parker, he has shown that he is ready to contest at world level and has earned his mandatory position for the WBO version of the title. Billy Joe Saunders is the current champ and at the moment his next fight will potential be against Canelo. If this fight come to fruition it is doubtful that the winner will have any interest in fighting Parker which will mean Zach will be fighting for the vacant WBO super Middleweight world title. I’m sure Parker would relish a crack at one of the cream in world boxing but he may have to wait until he becomes a world champ himself. The one thing is that Parker made a big statement tonight with a impressive win and has moved his unbeaten record to 19 without defeat. The Birmingham Boxing Column will be watching to see how far this Bbcolumn Midlands ‘Hall of Famer' can go.