Joseph Parker vs Hughie Fury
Undefeated WBO heavyweight world champion, Kiwi, Joseph Parker, travels to the UK, to Manchester, to take on also undefeated Mancunian Hughie Fury.
Parker is the clear aggressor to start the fight, Fury is mobile. Fury lands a good shot or two in round 1, but Parker throws a lot more, looks much stronger. Fury starts to outbox Parker in round 2, landing a few good single punch counters, as Parker is made to miss as he goes forward and throws.
Fury continues to narrowly outbox Parker in round 3, still on his toes, and still difficult for a slightly frustrated Parker to attack. Parker is more wary in round 4, using his own brain, judgement of range, and is aggressive at times as well, but Fury continues to be smart, land the occasional clean punch.
Parker is not only aggressive but also hard to counter in round 5 as he gets Fury where he wants him, doesn't hit Fury with much, but lands a couple of shots, and Fury, unable to get off with any clean work at all. Parker continues his aggression in round 6, still, not reckless, but Fury, managing to sneak in another couple of good shots.
Fury sustains his movement, and he doesn't let Parker get through the rounds without getting hit clean once or twice, but Parker is the aggressor, throws far more, he lands a few but Fury blocks most of it with his guard. Fury lands a few sharp, clean counters in round 8, makes Parker look clumsy, limited, and picks him off a little bit.
Parker bullies Fury in round 9, throws all the punches, and has a tiring Fury needing his blocking abilities more often, landing not so much, but overpowering an inactive Fury. Fury has a great round 10, landing a couple of very good shots, picks Parker off, makes it difficult for Parker to pull the trigger.
Parker forces the fight in round 11, pushing Fury back, and throwing punches in bunches whenever he has Fury stationary, an inactive Fury struggles with the relentless pressure of Parker. A tired Fury doesn't manage to rally in round 12, Parker continues his pressure, bullies a still inactive Fury, and lands a clean, stand out right hand, the hardest and maybe best punch of the fight, Fury takes it well.
Both fighters are confident they have won, the general consensus is that Parker has done enough to win the fight, but the Furys are extremely confident. BoxNation's Barry Jones scores the fight in favour of Fury by the narrowest of margins.
The decision is announced as an MD, the Furys seem furious. A judge scores it even, but is overruled by the other two, who have Parker a winner by a landslide margin, the Furys erupt when Parker is annouced as the winner by a wide MD. Fury's whole team, including his promoter, cry robbery.