JOSEPH PARKER retained his WBO heavyweight title with a controversial 12-round verdict over Hughie Fury after a close but largely unexciting 12-rounder. Two scores of 118-110 in Parker’s favour trumped a more realistic 114-114 card to trigger outrage from the Fury camp.
“I felt I won the fight,” Parker said afterwards. “He ran most of the time but it shows hard work pays off. The aggression was good on my side but his movement was really good. It was good to see the judges scored for me.”
Out of the ring since April last year, Fury opened exceptionally sharply. On his toes and pinging out his jab, he made Parker look clumsy as the New Zealander swung and missed with alarming regularity.