Joseph Parker retains WBO title with win over Hughie Fury

Vids 24/09/2017

Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker has retained his WBO heavyweight title for a second time, downing Britain's Hughie Fury by majority decision

Parker spent more time on the front foot in Manchester and was more aggressive, but seldom landed telling blows on an elusive opponent.

Fury, renowned for his gangly frame and awkward style, successfully stymied Parker's attempts to provoke a mano-a-mano slugest and likely shaded the early rounds with his deft footwork and aloofness.

Yet Parker managed to slowly cut down the distance between him and his opponent, landing heavier and heavier punches as the fight progressed.

Prior to the fight, Parker was expected to need a knockout victory to dispatch Fury, who enjoyed home advantage.

He didn't achieve that, but his efforts were nevertheless enough to secure the win, with two judges giving him a 118-110 triumph and the third awarding a tie.

However, Parker's showing - and inability to brush aside a limited opponent - will not have Britain's prime heavyweight boxers quaking in their boots.

Without a statement victory against Fury, Parker will need serious improvement before his next bout, potentially in December or the new year.

Punching accuracy was a major issue as Parker stalked Fury around the ring fruitlessly, often missing combinations.

But he landed a nice shot in the fourth round that split Fury's eyebrow, with better rounds following in the fifth, sixth and seventh.

By the end, he had done enough for victory - despite the protestations of the Fury camp, who had celebrated after the final bell in expectant glory.