Parker edges Fury to keep heavyweight belt

Parker edges Fury to keep heavyweight belt

Parker edges Fury to keep heavyweight belt

This "best of the rest" battle might deliver where boxing's bigger occasions have fallen short.

Parker's win - the 24th of his ideal career to date and a second title defence - was not without controversy, with one judge calling the bout level and two others giving him a 118-110 margin.

Hennessy made the far-fetched claim that Fury's performance was close to those of Muhammad Ali, one of the finest boxers in history. Fury's professional record moved to 20-1-10KO following the defeat this weekend.

Fury felt the scores were awry.

The applicant could count on rounds, if his actions was not limited to sluggish jabs and empty the legwork on the ring.

"Parker wasn't even in the fight".

Parker was the aggressor with Fury attempting to counter but neither man landed particularly damaging shots or scored a knockdown. Parker is at a disadvantage because he will be fighting in Fury's home country.

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

With Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder set to defend their respective titles before the end of 2017 and seemingly on a collision course, Parker and Fury found themselves fighting in the ideal conditions.

Joseph Parker catches Hughie Fury during his WBO world heavyweight title win.

Parker managed to secure a majority decision win over Hughie Fury in Manchester, although the scorecards were once again heavily criticised.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles on Saturday night Luke Campbell survived an early knockdown and lost a split decision, which was not controversial, just close and hard, to WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares. In the end the knockdown was the factor, the tiny moment that denied Campbell glory in a fight he was expected to easily lose. Hughie used his height and speed to his advantage.

But when one judge had it a draw and two judges thought it was a wipeout, it's impossible to know where to begin or where it might possibly end.

A thumping knockout win would've been useful for turning the heads of the British boxing public and arranging future megabouts in the UK.

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