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WBO have responded to criticism of Hughie Fury vs Joseph Parker

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The surname Fury has become synonymous with boxing, and is never far from some controversy or drama.

This time, though, former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is not the one causing the headlines.

Joshua Parker last weekend achieved victory against Hughie Fury with a 114-114, 118-110, 118-110 majority decision to retain his WBO heavyweight title.

This was far from the end of the story, however, as the decision sparked outrage in the Team Fury camp, with Peter Fury in particular pushing to get a rematch in the aftermath of what he called 'shocking' judges scorecards.

He stated: “I scored it in Hughie’s favour I had Hughie winning, there’s not a doubt in my mind that he lost it. It’s wrong - the scores are wrong, my son’s been robbed of a world championship today."

Many thought this clamour may have forced the WBO to grant the restaging of the bout that was being asked for, but the organisation's vice-president poured cold water on that idea today.

John Duggan has maintained that the decision was the correct one, regardless of whether the scorecards could have been closer on the night.

When asked about it, he said: "I think he [Parker] won the fight, I think he won a close fight. Just because the score was wide, doesn't mean it wasn't close."

This will be a damaging blow to Fury's team, and in the wake of another fight, it is the decision that is being discussed more than what took place during the fight.  

The Fury's have never been known to be shrinking violets, and now will most likely go down the rout of trying to have the match verdict overturned retrospectively.

With this latest revelation from the WBO themselves, though, it means that they will have to plan a different route going forward for Hughie Fury, whose chances of taking the WBO heavyweight title have been taken away for the second time in a week.

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