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The then 18-year-old beat Canadian Didier Bence 14:7 in a fiery contest, charging home late in the third and final round when it appeared the fight was slipping away.
The bout featured on the undercard of Godfather of All Fight Nights, Shane Cameron vs. At the time, Parker was considered New Zealand's most promising boxer since David Tua.
Parker's first major event was the AIBA Youth World Championships in Azerbaijan.
He was looked after by the Australian National Team Management as his coach Grant Arkell could not afford to accompany him. They traded punches in a closely matched bout that saw the scores remain within one point of each other for most of the match.
His charge responded with a flurry of punches which lowered former champion Tatupu two minutes into the second round.
Tatupu came out strong in the first round and threw some good shots, testing the chin of the then 21-year-old rising star.