There has been a lot of talk over the last few days about the best current heavyweight boxer and who that may be. Some think it’s Joshua, whilst others champion the causes of Wilder and Parker. Some still think that Tyson Fury is still the king of heavyweight boxing even with his “issues” and having been out of the ring for the last two years.
The arguments over this past Saturday night’s Joseph Parker-Hughie Fury fight are still ongoing; with the Fury family being, well, furious over the 12 round majority decision that went to defending WBO heavyweight champ Parker.
As soon as the verdict was announced in Manchester, the entire Fury family, along with their supporters and their promoter, went crazy – former heavyweight king Tyson Fury especially (even climbing into the ring, apparently to confront BBB of C head Robert Smith). There were suggestions of “corruption” and of “dark forces” being at work, and Fury and his team may well launch an official protest over the decision (114-114 and 118-110 twice, for Parker).
When the time comes and fight fans look back on 2017 as a whole, chances are pretty good they will feel the year was pretty good, overall. There are still some big fights to come in a year that has already seen its share of them, so things could get even better in terms of excellent action on display here in 2017.
However, one thing that has tarnished this year’s boxing calendar, is poor scoring by a number of judges. Of the great, good or big fights that have gone down this year – Jeff Horn-Manny Pacquiao, Antonio Margarito-Carson Jones, Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez and Joseph Parker-Hughie Fury being standout examples, a number of them had one thing in common: hugely debatable, controversial score-cards.
New Zealand’s Joseph Parker retained his WBO heavyweight title for the second time last night in Manchester, closely outpointing unbeaten mandatory challenger Hughie Fury via 12 round majority verdict. The result did not in any way please Team-Fury (more about that later) but Parker, who deserves credit for having agreed to fight in Manchester after the fight was originally postponed from May, in New Zealand, now looks ahead.
WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) did a good job of dealing with the spoiling tactics of previously unbeaten #1 WBO Hughie Fury (20-1, 10 KOs) in dealing him his first career defeat in winning a 12 round majority decision on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Joseph Parker 245 vs. Hughie Fury 234
Josh Wale 117 vs. Don Broadhurst 118
Jimmy Kilrain Kelly 154 vs. Stiliyan Kostov 153
Joe Murray 137 vs. Matty Fagan 136
Shayne Singleton 153 vs. Peter McDonagh 154
The eight principal fighters for tomorrow night’s Parker vs. Fury Pay-Per-View card all made weight at today'(see below). Tensions erupt when Fury pushed Parker during the traditional face-off and members of both teams went at it before security broke up the altercation.
Promoter Bob Arum and the entire team behind WBO heavyweight champ Joseph Parker are extremely angry at the way both a British referee and a British judge have been appointed ahead of the upcoming September 23rd title defence Parker will make against Hughie Fury.
According to Arum, who promotes New Zealand’s Parker, The British Boxing Board of Control has “completely disregarded WBO protocol and their contract with Parker to appoint neutral officials.” Referee Terry O’Connor has been given the job of third man in the ring, while an English judge who will score the bout along with two other officials has also been assigned.
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The blockbuster WBO World Heavyweight Championship title fight between Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury on Saturday 23rd September at the Manchester Arena will be shown exclusively live in the UK and Ireland on YouTube (www.youtube.com/parkerfury) on a pay-per-view basis with further countries to be announced shortly.