Joseph Parker defeated Hughie Fury after a majority decision win at the Manchester Arena last night to retain his WBO Heavyweight title.
The New Zealander won as 2 judges gave the champion 118 – 110 whilst one gave 114 – 114, with many feeling the judges wide margin of the scores to Parker’s win being unfair.
In the opening rounds, Fury used his jab and movement to frustrate Parker, who came back with his own jabs, attempting to close the range.
Parker was then caught by a sweet right hand by Fury, following up with an uppercut, leaving Parker stunned, though the New Zealander came back with a flurry of punches, forcing Fury to the ropes and a cut to the eye due to a head clash.
Parker could smell blood and came at his opponent in the fifth, scoring with a big right hand to Fury but the Brit showed his composure and kept at the champion.
Parker stepped up in the seventh round, catching Fury with a right but again, Fury kept at it and came back with an uppercut in the following round.
Parker came out with more purpose in the ninth round, catching Fury with a succession of hooks. Fury was able to land his own shots as a good right hand caught Parker.
Parker looked to take the latter rounds and as the bell rung, both teams stepped into the ring, holding up the hands of their victor.
Parker won the fight via majority decision but the Fury camp was not happy with the decision.
Parker looked to deserve the win as Fury didnt show enough in a rather scrappy WBO Heavyweight title fight.