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Joshua Hands Parker First Defeat, Wins Fourth World Title

Joshua Hands Parker First Defeat, Wins Fourth World Title

By James Agberebi:

British-Nigerian world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua defeated New Zealand’s Joseph Parker via a unanimous decision in their unification bout on Saturday night in Cardiff, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The win means Joshua stretches his unbeaten streak to 21 while it was a first defeat for Parker after 25 professional fights.

The final score card had Joshua winning 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 after a gruelling contest.

It was the first time Joshua will emerge victorious via unanimous decision as his previous 20 fights were won via knockouts.

He has now added Parker’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) to his International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Organisation titles.

The first two rounds were close as both boxers were evenly matched and went about sizing up each other.

Joshua started imposing himself from the third round with some good jabs which kept Parker under pressure.

In the sixth round, Parker landed a superb uppercut which rocked Joshua but the champion recovered well and returned to using his jabs, ending round eight with good body shots.

The 10th round saw Parker struggle to keep Joshua at bay due to bleeding from his left eye following a cut in the earlier rounds.

And in round 12, the final round, Joshua kept Parker at range as the New Zealander went in search of a knockout which never materialised.

COMMENTS

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  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA. 8 months ago

    Parker was the luckiest man on earth tonight. Nigerians everywhere thought he was going to be knocked out cold before the 7th round. l guess Parker will go back home holding his head high and thank God for spearing his life. Seven million pound in his pocket.

  • Bekee 8 months ago

    Well, though happy my compatriot and namesake won. I am surprised it wasn’t by KO.

  • Aranyo A.Adedayo 8 months ago

    The fight between Joshuah and Parker was keenly contested. Glory be to God. Joshuah eventually emerged victorious.