Joseph Parker's trainer: Dillian Whyte should have had points deducted

Joseph Parker's trainer: Dillian Whyte should have had points deducted

Joseph Parker's trainer: Dillian Whyte should have had points deducted

Dillian Whyte targeted a rematch with Anthony Joshua after securing the finest victory of his career by outpointing Joseph Parker. The encounter promised much and it unfolded with drama aplenty.

Parker began brightly, landing a rapid one-two combination in the opening seconds, while he also finished the first strongly, with a clean shot drawing gasps from the partisan crowd.

Parker was quick to seize his opportunity and knocked Whyte down with a series of big punches as the fight neared its conclusion in Round 12. Parker was to rise with seemingly no ill effects of the falling which was ruled a knockdown by referee Ian John Lewis.

Parker became ever more worn out as the bout went on and was caught out by a ferocious left hook to the jaw in the ninth round which sent him to the canvas again. The bodywork of Whyte would prove dividends as Whyte would begin to variate his attacks from body to head. Certainly he was meaner than Parker.

Seven rounds later, in the 9th Whyte landed a clean shot on Parker, and Parker was on the ground for the second time.

When asked who he would ideally like to face next following his triumph over Parker, Whyte replied: "I don't care". Parker though was unable to create the space needed to be comfortable and be truly effective.


Joseph Parker has finished with a dramatic flurry, but the New Zealand boxer is likely faced with a long road back to world title contention.

Meanwhile, Dereck Chisora, who lost to Whyte by split decision in 2016, revived his career by stopping Cameroonian-French fighter Carlos Takam. Dillian is on the cusp of fighting for a World title and beating him would put me right back at that top table.

"Everyone thank you for being here tonight, what a great opportunity it is to fight in the United Kingdom for a third time", Parker said.

Round eight would see the pairing exchanging jabs with Whyte's jabs more telling in putting Parker back onto the back foot. Despite being stopped, Whyte had his moments, and was even able to hurt Joshua.

It was a brutal night at the O2 arena, southeast London. Parker was eager to see out the round as he avoided any confrontation with Whyte. "It's how you come back". By that point, Whyte was starting to run away with the victory on the scorecards.

The 26-year-old Samoan-Kiwi, who had looked exhausted, found the energy in the final round to drop Whyte with a right hook and was on the verge of a stunning knockout when the 12th round bell sounded, with a wobbly Whyte clinging to the ring rope to save from being KO'ed. But after an earlier knockdown, the first of the New Zealander's career, Whyte received judges' scores of 115-112, 115-110 and 114-111.

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