Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker dominated in the ring last night against Mexican Andy Ruiz, and has been crowned the new heavyweight champion of the world.
Close to 10,000 people came to watch last night’s history-making boxing match at Auckland’s Vector Arena, NZME reports.
Stellar attendees included former Prime Minister John Key, Willie Apiata as well rugby greats Sir Graham Henry, Grant Fox and Jerome Kaino. Kiwi actor Cliff Curtis was also seen among the crowd.
The 12 round epic bout saw Parker win on points against Ruiz with the three judges’ scoring the match 114-114, 115-113 and 115-113.
24-year-old Parker was gracious in victory, thanking his opponent .
"Thanks you to Andy Ruiz and his team for putting on a hard fight. I told you Andy was a great fighter with a lot of speed and he showed that tonight."
His mother Sala, as promised, entered the ring for the first time to join the celebrations.
In a post-fight press conference Joseph reacted to last night’s win calling it “a dream come true” and said this title fight was just the beginning.
“Now that we’ve won this, we’re going to dominate the heavyweight division. That’s our goal. The goal is now to win, keeping winning and unify those belts.”
For now though the world champion will take a break for some much deserved time to be with family and his new baby daughter Elizabeth.
“I couldn’t have done it without my team. I just want to take some time to celebrate with my team, my trainer, Duco events, family, friends. What a great feeling it is.”