Joseph Parker vs Hughie Fury
In an interesting, but not so fan friendly fight, WBO heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker successfully defends his title against unbeaten Mancunian warrior, Hughie Fury.
Fury started well, moving using his reach, landing the jab, making Parker look clumsy, with Parker, the aggressor, the busier, and Fury not throwing many punches, the fight was close after 6 rounds. Hughie Fury seemed to slow down his movement in the last few rounds, but he kept moving, and his boxing ability, still impressive, and he had a likely lead after 10 rounds, seeming to win 2 of rounds 7-10 clearly. Parker rallied late, winning the championship rounds conclusively, landing with possibly the best punch of the fight in round 12, Fury taking it well, but not doing enough to get the better of the champion in the closing stages.
Floridan judge, Rocky Young, turned in a very fair scorecard of 114-114, whilst Briton Terry O'Connor, and Massachusen judge John Madfis both scored the fight 118-110 in favour of the champion, ridiculously, but many observers and viewers agreed that, though not by nearly 8 points, Parker still did enough to defend his title, but Hughie Fury, having his own fair share of people believing he had boxed well enough to take the belt from the champion.