Boxing Preview - Fury v Parker

Joseph Parker vs Hughie Fury

The vitriolic build-up to Kiwi heavyweight champion Joseph Parker's WBO title defence against Hughie Fury in Manchester has reached new heights, with scuffles breaking out at the pair's weigh-in.

In a tightly fought bout, Parker won over two judges - who scored the fight 118-110 in his favour while the third judge couldn't split the fighters, scoring it 114-apiece.

Prior to the fight, the 25-year-old Parker was expected to need a knockout victory to dispatch Fury, who enjoyed home advantage.

Fury continued to box in the second, walking around the ring and shooting that jab to keep Parker at bay. "I wanted to give my heart and soul to get there".

There was a clash of heads in the fourth, which opened up a small cut on Fury.

Fury came out with WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders and his cousin by his side but he would not leave with one of the belts that Tyson took from Klitschko.

Parker couldn't knock out Fury as promised, but he landed the far heavier punches throughout on a night when Fury used his footwork to try to frustrate the Kiwi.

"We knew he was awkward going in, his movement was really good - (but) the pressure, we caught him with hard punches", Parker said.

'It's a great result, but I want to go back to New Zealand and have a bit of a break now.

Parker made a busy start and had some struggles findng his range, but eventually landed the better shots.

Parker came back with a decent round in the 11th, landing perhaps the more eye catching shots of the round in what was a relatively close fight by this point I thought. Fury's right uppercut had solid success but Parker dug in and showed plenty of resolve near the end of the round.

PROMOTER Mick Hennessy blasted the decision that saw Hughie Fury lose to Joseph Parker, saying his man boxed like Muhammad Ali.

Parker, meanwhile, attempted to walk Fury down before landing with his powerful right hand, but he often missed wildly.

Parker finished strongly but couldn't put Fury away. Tyson's cousin, Hughie, is the hometown challenger hoping to bring the title back into the family.



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