Joseph Parker beats Hughie Fury on points to retain WBO heavyweight title

Hughie Fury failed in his first shot at a world title as New Zealand’s Joseph Parker retained his WBO heavyweight championship with a controversial points win at the Manchester Arena.

Parker was the aggressor throughout, with Briton Fury happy to box off his jab, and the visiting fighter finished strongly, landing solid shots late on.

The scorecards were divided, one had it a 114-114 draw, the other two giving it to the champion by 118-110.

Fury’s camp was angry at the verdict.

Not for the first time in recent weeks, scorecards in a world title fight will draw scrutiny. Fury’s camp feel hard done by but their man perhaps paid the price for caution throughout.

He made Parker miss a lot but the victor landed enough solid work to ensure his rival rarely came forward to take control.

It led to a second defence of the title, though it is unlikely this display will send the statement through the heavyweight division that Parker hoped for on his UK bow.

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