Dillian Whyte beat heavyweight rival Joseph Parker on points at London’s O2 Arena to bolster his claim for a world title fight.

The 30-year-old Briton made it eight wins in a row as he overpowered the former WBO heavyweight champion in a gruelling contest on Saturday.

Parker, 26, went down in the second round and once again after a chopping left hand from Whyte in the ninth.

The Kiwi rallied bravely in the last two rounds but a tiring Whyte held on.

Both previously counted a loss to Anthony Joshua as the only blemish on otherwise unbeaten records.

But Whyte, who knocked out the previously undefeated Lucas Browne in his last fight at the same venue in March, weighed in over a stone heavier than his younger opponent and ground him down.

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