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The appeal process has begun over Joseph Parker's win over Hughie Fury

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It's been confirmed that the result of Hughie Fury's fight against Joseph Parker is being appealed by Fury's management team.

In his quest to become WBO champ, the younger cousin of Tyson Fury lost out on a majority points decision on Saturday night.

The fight was staged in Fury’s hometown of Manchester in front of a large crowd of his boxing fans.

It was a close fight but the judges scored the bout 118-110, 118-110 for Parker, and 114-114.

WBO vice president John Duggan this week backed the judges decision, insisting that Parker "deserved the win".

“I think he won the fight,” Duggan said to Newshub via Fight News about Parker winning. “I think he won a close fight. Just because the score was wide, doesn’t mean it wasn’t close. With the way boxing’s scored, you can have an extremely close fight and have a boxer win every round by a close margin. That happens quite a bit.

"I thought the score (118-110) was regular, and I thought the 114-114 score was somewhat unusual. [Parker] deserved the win. He boxed courageously in a hostile environment.”

Duggan said only the British Boxing Board of Control has the power to overturn the decision, which seems unlikely.

Mick Hennessy confirms appeal

Fury's promoter Hennessy Sports have begun the appeal process despite Duggan's comments urging them to accept the decision.

A spokesman said, as per The Sun, "We are currently working on the appeal process at the moment.

"[There is] no further information yet."

The announcement led to pandemonium amongst Fury's team, with cousin Tyson filmed going beserk in the ring.

Mick Hennessy spoke to BBC Radio and labelled the judges ruling as the worst decision he's seen in his life.

"Absolutely disgusting"

"I thought he skated it," said Hennessy. "It was an absolute masterclass, shades of Ali. It was beautiful boxing in the heavyweight division.

"Parker wasn't even in the fight, any punches he was throwing were either missing or hitting elbows or hitting gloves, it was very rare he got through with a clean shot. Hughie absolutely skated that fight.

"That is probably one of, if not the worst, decisions I've ever seen in my life, it was disgusting, absolutely disgusting."

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