Parker holds onto WBO belt

The New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker has held onto his WBO belt.

Parker has scored a majority points decision over Briton Hughie Fury in their 12 round title fight in Manchester.

Two judges had Parker winning 118-110, while the third had it 114-all.

All of the rounds were even with Parker unable to land the knockout blow while Fury spent the fight on the back foot to keep out of trouble.

He did however stay in contention with his jab.

The judges would have favoured Parker’s aggression, while Fury spent most of his time in defence.

25 year old Parker takes his unbeaten record to 24 wins, while it is a first loss for 23 year old Fury in 21 bouts.

It was Parker’s second defence of his title, though whether he did enough to send a statement through the heavyweight division is unlikely.

Source: RadioNZ