New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker defeated Britain’s Derek Chisora on points in a thrilling fight at Manchester’s AO Arena.
Parker, who won their first fight on controversial points in May, got off to a fast start, forcing Chisora to take a count in round four.
Chisora was knocked out in the seventh round by a vicious uppercut, but he fought on with great character and bravery.
In the eighth, the British player took another count, but he made it to the final bell.
Parker, on the other hand, knew he had won the fight after three knockdowns and won by scores of 115-110, 115-111, and 114-112.
Parker, a 29-year-old former WBO champion looking to reclaim his world title, needed this victory.
But it’s difficult to see where Chisora, 37, goes from here, with this being his 12th defeat in 44 fights, despite displaying incredible spirit, heart, and determination to get to the end of the fight.
Derek was always up for a fight; he was a tough guy who never gave up until the bitter end “Parker stated.
“We worked on that uppercut over and over again. What a fantastic Christmas present.” I felt a lot better after that. It was critical to start on a positive note and avoid being negative right away.” As can be seen, there is still room for improvement.” Derek Chisora is a valuable member of the boxing community. The crowd erupted when he walked out. They are only interested in being there for him.”
“Personally, I’d like to see him walk away,” Parker said when asked if he wanted Chisora to retire from boxing.
He’s thrown everything he’s got at boxing. The atmosphere is incredible when he fights. I’d prefer to see him leave, but it’s his decision.”
This was a rematch of their fight seven months ago, which was also held at the same location but behind closed doors due to coronavirus restrictions.
Parker was knocked down in the first 10 seconds of the fight, but he recovered and finished strong on his way to a controversial split decision points victory.
The majority of the Manchester crowd was rooting for Chisora, but Parker got off to a strong start, landing two right-left combinations and a powerful overhand right inside the first round.
Chisora had some success in the first few seconds of the second round, but he was quickly tagged by an aggressive Parker, who connected with a stunning uppercut, then another big overhand right hand before a sustained attack forced Chisora back on the ropes and taking punishment.
Despite finishing the round stronger, Chisora took more punches in the fourth round, but also the first of three counts when he was held up by the ropes.
Parker, on the other hand, continued to land uppercuts in the fifth round and followed it up with a superb jab, left hook, long right combination.
An uppercut knocked Chisora to the canvas in the seventh round, but he came back to finish the round on the attack, giving Parker a scare.
Chisora had to take a count for the third time in the following round after being caught by another right uppercut, losing his balance, and landing on the canvas with a glove on.
When Chisora found himself in trouble again in the ninth round, it appeared that referee Howard Foster was about to intervene and end the fight, but the Briton dug deep once more to stay in the fight.
“You’ve won the fight, you just have to stay focused,” Parker’s trainer Andy Lee told his fighter after the 10th round, and despite Chisora doing everything he could in the final two rounds, he couldn’t knock Parker out.
“Derek Chisora is not human,” said DAZN promoter Eddie Hearn. I’ll never know how those 12 rounds went. He had no plans to give up. “Both of those guys are deserving of a lot of credit.” It’s an outstanding performance. Chisora is a prizefighter, and I’m sure he’ll make a comeback. Parker has accepted a position. Joseph Parker’s career is still going strong.”
On the undercard, Lerrone Richards of the United Kingdom defeated Ecuador’s Carlos Gongora via split decision points to become the IBO super-middleweight champion.
Richards, 29, previously held Commonwealth, British, and European belts at the weight and won by a score of 115-113 on two cards, with the other judge scoring it 116-112 in favor of Gongora.
Richards gave up the European belt to fight Gongora, and at the time, Britain’s Jack Cullen was fighting for it.
However, he was defeated in the sixth round by Kevin Lele Sadjo, a late replacement from France.
Cullen was cut over his left eye by a clash of heads in round two but was knocked out in the sixth round by a left hook to the body. The Briton barely made it to his feet in time, but the referee called the fight off.
After defeating Tanzania’s Bruno Tarimo in a final eliminator, Manchester’s Zelfa Barrett will face Japan’s Kenichi Ogawa for the IBF super-featherweight world title in 2022.
Barrett, 28, knocked out his opponent in the third round and won by unanimous decision by scores of 117-110, 117-110, and 116-111.
Despite being in trouble in the second round, Croatian heavyweight Alen ‘the Savage’ Babic won his tenth professional fight, all inside the distance, with a sixth-round knockout of France’s David Spilmont.