PARKER RETAINS HIS WBO TITLE

Joseph Parker was able to retain his WBO heavyweight title as he fought challenger Hughie Fury.


Parker retained his belt by majority decision, winning 118-110, 114-114, 118-110.

For Fury, he felt he had done enough to get a draw or get the belt off Parker from the fight but he really was on the back foot for most of it.

Fury, 23 and trained by his father Peter, landed some top punches but he also received decent measure in return. He failed in his shot at the world title as the New Zealand fighter retained his title after the Manchester Arena bout. His camp was angered by the results but analysts would say his caution cost him his shot.

In boxing now, there is record scrutiny over fight scorecards, with judges’ every record and named winner per round analysed to the end.

Parker (24-0, 18 KO) was the more aggressive fighter throughout the rounds. However, his aggression offered very little effectively. The defending titleholder landed the bigger shots of the fight even as he moved round the ring with Fury. The final rounds helped his defence though.

The fight would not offer as much to Parker’s credentials as he sought for a chance to get higher ranked fights and pay check. He likely saw the fight as a stepping stone for the big guns: Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua, who hold the other belts in the division. For now the best he can do is build a bigger profile in the UK and bid his time for another chance as this was not it.

For Fury, he did his bit after 16 months of inactivity. He continues to remain in the shadows of Tyson but he also proved that he can challenge a world titleholder again. Besides, he has time on his side and the experiences would help.

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