Parker defends his title in Manchester
In a very moderate bout between two undefeated heavyweights WBO champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) successfully defended his title by winning a majority decision against official challenger Hughie Fury (20-1, 10 KOs). The scores of the judges are 114-114 and 118-110 twice.
Fury went out to the ring in unusual short-fitting shorts and, as it turned out, for a reason. 2-meter Hughie chose the tactics of the second number, and most of the fight desperately ran, worked a lot with jab and occasionally added rights and uppercuts. Parker really tried but could not catch up with the enemy spoiler style and cause him any significant damage. Accurate hits in each round could be counted on the fingers of one hand. The audience met such actions in the ring with a booing.
From serious intentions to knock out his opponent, which Fury spoke about in his interviews before the fight, and which could be assumed from his aggressive behavior at the weigh-in, there was no trace left in the ring. For the whole fight Fury did not make a step forward. To his credit he showed good defense skills, but, definitely, did not do enough to take away the belt from the champion. Even at his home.