On a really fun week of boxing that gave us an early contender for fight of the year as well as almost a guarantee for the fight of the year plus a hard-hitting massive heavyweight exacting revenge in violent fashion, our Fighter of the Week comes from yet another unbeaten prospect. 26-year-old Zach Parker scored a sensational second-round knockout in what was supposed to be a step-up fight and a big challenge for the unbeaten Derbyshire, native against St Louis, Missouri, Native Vaughn “The Animal” Axelander. However, the St. Louisan offered no resistance as Parker rolled to a one-sided second-round beatdown becoming the first man to stop “The Animal” capture our Fighter of the Week award, run his record to a perfect 20-0(14) takes home the WBO International Super Middleweight Title and keeps his top ranking by the same organization.
Vaughn Alexander was once of this sports premier blue-chip prospects, signed with Don King in 2004 when Parker was just nine-years-old. Perhaps it was time that caught up with “The Animal” or perhaps it’s simply Parker is a special, special fighter, unlike anything Alexander had seen before. It’s likely a combination of both. The Brit was in complete control throughout the brief affair. Starting off the opening round Parker switched back and forth beautifully between the conventional and southpaw stances out jabbing and hitting the older Alexander with sharp combinations and showing a variety of angles. Parker hurt his man with just seconds remaining in the opening stanza with a right hand to the body that noticeably hurt Alexander, Parker added a few precise power shots for good measure. The second round started just as the first ended a hard right to the temple of the American followed up by a left hook that put him down just 20 seconds into the round. Moments later after an Alexander hook a big right from the Derbyshiremen put his man down yet again. Alexander again courageously made it to his feet. However, Parker stayed on the attack rocking the American with yet another right hand and pouring on pin-point accurate power shots that finally brought in the ref to step in and wave off the fight and give Parker the second TKO and run his record to 20-0.
Parker is currently ranked number one by the WBO in the super middleweight division. Which, means he’s in line to eventually fight the WBO champ at 168 pounds whether that be Canelo or Billy Joel Saunders, who face off May 8th in Dallas, Texas. Should he win which he is a heavy favorite to do, Canelo has plans to unify all four belts and become undisputed by the end of 2021.Meaning he would likely fight Caleb Plant in the second half of 2021. Parker will need a stay busy while he awaits his number being called by the WBO. There are plenty of good challenges he can take to prepare himself for the winner of Canelo vs BJS, Gabe Rosado, John Ryder, Rob Brant, and Rocky Fielding have all either held or fought for a world title and would make a good step up fight for Parker to test himself on and sharpen his skills with.