Joseph Parker gained a extra complete victory over Derek Chisora to shut the chapter on their rivalry after an action-packed heavyweight rematch in Manchester.
Parker received their first assembly on a disputed cut up factors resolution in May however the former WBO champion left little room for doubt this time round, with Chisora taking a rely in the fourth spherical. Chisora was put down by vicious uppercuts in every of the seventh and eighth rounds however rallied in the closing phases to listen to the ultimate bell.
The New Zealander was unsurprisingly given the nod by all three judges on the AO Arena – though scores of 115-110, 115-111 and 114-112 have been maybe slightly nearer than many anticipated. Parker retains the WBO intercontinental belt and stays on observe for a second tilt at a world title.
“What a fight. Derek brings it from the first round all the way to the 12th,” Parker advised advised the BBC afterwards. There have been events when Chisora appeared to be out on his toes and on multiple event referee Howard Foster appeared poised to step in however the British veteran bravely saved on swinging and had pockets of success.
This was a twelfth defeat in 44 fights for the 37-year-old, who has been suggested to retire by his conqueror. “Personally I would love to see [Chisora] walk away. He’s given boxing everything he has and honestly he’s a credit to the sport,” Parker mentioned. “He keeps coming at you, it’s crazy when he’s in fights.”
The first assembly between the pair, held behind closed doorways due to Covid-19, acquired off to a frenzied begin when Parker was put down by an overhand proper throughout the first 10 seconds earlier than recovering and ending the stronger fighter. There was no such drama in the opening seconds this time however this was a extra riveting affair.
Chisora absorbed a few proper uppercuts early on, however one other in the fourth despatched the Londoner staggering again into the ropes. The referee, Howard Foster, administered a rely however Chisora hit again to banish any ideas of a swift end to the combat. He weathered extra heavy blows in the sixth and was put down by one other uppercut in the seventh however as soon as once more got here roaring again.
Derek Chisora takes a rely in the fourth spherical. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Parker needed to cowl up in the ultimate few seconds of the sixth spherical as his opponent unleashed a livid assault, however he despatched Chisora to the canvas once more in the seventh, following up a glancing uppercut with a push. Parker started to tire after failing to complete his opponent, and Chisora appeared the more energizing of the 2 down the stretch.
The pair continued to commerce some fearsome punches however Parker had performed sufficient to win, with the standing rely and two knockdowns in the end proving decisive. He improves his report to 30 wins from 32 skilled contests, along with his two defeats coming in 2018 in opposition to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte.
After the combat, Chisora introduced his opponent a peace offering in the type of quick meals and offered a blunt response to ideas he may name time on his profession. “Fuck retirement,” he tweeted. “I’ll be back in the summer.”