Parker defends WBO heavyweight crown with Fury victory

Monday, 25 Sep, 2017

In the third, Parker stalked Fury without much success and was caught by a right at close range on the ropes.

Joseph Parker and his team will be glad to get out of Manchester and move on to better things, having survived a testing title defence in and out of the ring. Then, the mandatory challenger had to pull out of facing Parker in New Zealand on May 6 due to a back injury.

HUGHIE FURY'S angry promoter is threatening to sue the WBO. Both fighters are unbeaten, and the bookies reckon it's too close to call.

Parker will fill like a free man again.

The disparity was confusing for many ringside, with Fury's promoter Mick Hennessey branding the decision "disgusting" and stating he would "appeal straight away".

After extending his unbeaten record, Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) wants to return to England to face the likes of IBF and WBA world titlist Anthony Joshua, or the victor of the Tony Bellew-David Haye rematch, who are expected to meet again December 17. The British Boxing Board of Control are still withholding Tyson's licence following a failed drugs test over two years ago.

One judge scored a draw and the other two went heavily for Parker with dubious tallies of ten rounds to two in favour of the New Zealander for his swings, cuffs, hefty charges and solid jabs to the arms of a retreating Fury. Fury must return with a little more menace in his movement.

And Hennessy stormed: "What the f*** is going on?" That didn't eventuate and so we hear a predictable response.

WBO world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker says he can "bring out the weaknesses" in Anthony Joshua in a unification bout. It unfolded the way some had feared because of its ugly contrast of styles.

"The guy we were fighting is probably one of the most awkward fighters out there".

"Hughie wiped the floor with Parker". Time will tell, but Parker certainly silenced critics tonight.

It was a fight with multiple interpretations, few slugging highlights but a lot of defensive skill and some quite brilliant boxing from young Fury, who turned 23 just a few days before the first bell.

"Parker wasn't even in the fight".

But a win by any means was all that mattered in the end. For the most part he was made to look terribly slow and predictable.