In front of 5,000 spectators at the Manchester Arena last night, Joseph Parker beat Hughie Fury to keep his heavyweight title – for now.
Fury vs Parker was never going to get a massive attendance, and in truth, however, the fight promoters try to spin it, 5,000 in for a heavyweight title bout is shocking.
This fight was meant to be a chance for Joseph Parker and/or Hughie Fury to remind us all that the heavyweight division is not all about Anthony Joshua – the pair seemed to try their upmost to ensure that in the eyes of many boxing fans that AJ is still king.
It does not help matters that Hughie was upstaged by his cousin Tyson, who has been more focused on his social media presence for the last two years, instead of getting back into the ring.
Tyson Fury, constantly talking to his cousin from his front row seat for the duration of the fight, came to the fore when the bout ended in controversy.
Led by a delighted Tyson, Fury camp stormed the ring in celebration thinking that Hughie had done enough to win the bout, however, fight judges felt very differently, and awarded the fight to Joseph Parker.
We all know that Tyson has a bit of a temper – and that’s being charitable – but it can never be claimed that The Gypsy King is afraid of speaking his mind.
Nonetheless, the 29-year-old’s reaction following the scores was more than a little ungracious.
Tyson Fury was livid that the points decision did not go the way of his cousin Hughie, going as far as to jump into the ring and scream at the direction of Parker; “He’s a p****."
This was before then turning to the crowd and screaming: “That’s what boxing is now.
Classy there by The Gypsy King!
The decision to award the fight to Parker instead of Fury is the second controversial points decision awarded by judges in the space of a week.
In Las Vegas last Saturday, the Alvarez–Golovkin bout was controversially judged to have been a draw.