Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (29-2, 21 KOs) got up off the deck in the first round to come back to defeat Derek Chisora (32-11, 23 KOs) by a 12 round split decision on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
The scores were 115-113, 116-111 for Parker, and 115-113 for Chisora. Boxing 247 scored the fight for Chisora 115-113.
Interestingly, the judge that had it 116-111 for Parker only gave Chisora three rounds, which was odd because he appeared to win the first six rounds of the fight, and the knockdown in the first round should have been the difference in the fight.
Parker fought well in rounds 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11, but Chisora came on strong in the 12th and did more than enough to deserve to win the round.
“It was a tough fight and I got caught right at the beginning,” said Parker after the fight. “He came forward from the beginning and threw big bombs. I think it was the boxing skills from the mid points to the end of the fight [that resulted in the win].
“It was a close fight. I thought it could go either way. I was thankful to get the win today. He brought the smoke. It’s very achievable,” said Parker when asked if he can win a world title.
“I just have to get back to training There are things I have to work on. I have to get back with [coach] Andy [Lee] to work on some things There’s still a lot more I can show. We can do it in the next fight, Parker said about a rematch.
Parker and his coach Andy Lee both said they would give Chisora a rematch if he wants one. We’ll have to see if that actually takes place.
“I’m beyond being upset. I train hard, I fight I put the pressure on,” said Chisora. “This is what I get from boxing. They don’t like me I can’t get upset because it’s horrible.
“When I put in there this is the results I get. Joe says he wants to give me a rematch, I’ll take it. I was bringing. Soe of the shots, I was riding them.
“I can’t get upset anymore. I won’t let them slow me down. No way. I will go again. I won’t let them win.
“I’m very upset, but I won’t let them win. They want to see me retire, but I’m not retiring yet. Joseph Parker, thank you very much.
“We’ll give yo a rematch,” said Andy lee.
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Dimitry Bivol UD 12 Craig Richards – WBA light heavyweight champion Bivol (18-0, 11 KOs) had a harder time than expected in defeating #5 WBA Richards (16-2-1, 9 KOs).
It’s been almost two years since the 31-year-old Eubank Jr last fought, so it’s difficult to predict what we’ll see from him tonight.
Two years ago, this would have likely been an easy win for Eubank Jr, but maybe not now.
Lightweight prospect Campbell Hatton (1-0) will be looking to pick up his second career victory in going against the winless Levi Dunn (0-4) in a four-round fight.
Campbell, the son of former British boxing great Ricky Hatton, didn’t look so good in his pro debut last March against Jesus Ruiz.
The punching power that Campbell’s famous father Ricky Hatton had was nowhere to be found, and he wasn’t anywhere near the same fighter.
WBA light heavyweight champion Dimitry Bivol (17-0, 11 KOs) takes on a local fighter Craig Richards (16-1-1, 9 KOs) in a title defense.
Although Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn insists that this will be a competitive fight, that’s likely bluster on his part. If Bivol is firing on all eight cylinders tonight, Richards will be a punching bag, and he may need to be saved by the referee at some point.