Parker retains WBO heavyweight title with win on points

Toby Manning
May 7, 2017

The WBO's eighth-ranked fighter, Dillian Whyte, was part of Sky Sports' coverage in the United Kingdom, and he made it clear what he thinks of Parker.

"I say that from my heart and from deep in my soul".

Joseph Parker lands a punch during his fight with Razvan Cojanu for the WBO World Heavyweight title. "Everyone has families that they have to feed and pay for and that's why I feel it shouldn't be done", said Joseph Parker.

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In fact, it was Dillian Whyte - beaten by Joshua in 2015 - who was seeking a fight with Parker, tweeting promoter Eddie Hearn and asking him to "please make it".

There was plenty of interest in Parker's fight in the United Kingdom, where he is seen as a potential challenger to 27-year-old Anthony Joshua, who beat Wladimir Klitschko last Sunday (NZ time) at Wembley Stadium in London and who holds the IBF, WBA and IBO titles.

Parker won comfortably with the three judges giving him a 119-108, 117-110, 117-110 win. Hughie Fury (cousin of Tyson) was due to fight the Auckland native, before pulling out with injury. He has been called out by American WBC world champion Deontay Wilder and is also said to fancy a fight with the newly-crowned unified division king Anthony Joshua following the Briton's win over Wladimir Klitschko last week. Parker struggled to impress against Cojanu despite the Romanian's late call-up to the fight.

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