Date: 24th September 2017 at 5:38pm
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At the Manchester Arena, on Saturday night, the New Zealand fighter, Joseph Parker made a second successive defence of his WBO world heavyweight title, beating Hughie Fury on points.

For 23-year-old Fury it was his first defeat as a professional fighter with the cousin of Tyson Fury, losing in what some might say a controversial decision.

After the full twelve rounds had been fought and we went to the judges? scorecards, the scoring was as follows:

? 118 ? 110 (in favour of Parker)
? 114 ? 114 (draw)
? 118 ? 110 (in favour of Parker)

Parker, who is now set to reside in London, appeared to be the busier of the two fighters, landing a bigger quantity of solid points whilst Hughie Fury seemed too cautious and intent to block.

Fury as hampered by a cut eye he picked up in an earlier round but the fight lacked that sparkle we?ve become used to with Anthony Joshua ruling the roost.

Although the Fury camp were angry at the result, perhaps they should be angrier that a golden chance to grab the belt off Parker had slipped through their fingers.

Parker looks a competent fighter but the Kiwi would have been disappointed to not impress more on his debut in the UK, even more so if he?s after a world title unification fight with Anthony Joshua.