Parker sets sights on Joshua unification bout

New Zealand’s Joseph Parker said he had the abilities to take advantage of Anthony Joshua’s “weaknesses” after beating Hughie Fury by means of a majority points decision to guard his WBO international heavyweight identify.

Parker condemned Fury, cousin of former international heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, to a first expert defeat in a scrappy fight at Manchester area on Saturday, which the judges scored 118-110, 118-110, 114-114.

The 25-yr-old has now set his sights on a unification bout with British WBA and IBF champion Joshua, who fights Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev in Cardiff in October.

“I sense i've higher motion,” Parker said after extending his unbeaten record to 24 fights, with 18 wins by means of KO.

“He’s were given excellent electricity and is a superb champion, however if I combat him, i will deliver out the weaknesses.”

Parker’s promoter, David Higgins, stated Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn had already made touch about a fight next year.

“He wants to unify and so will we,” said Higgins, who is keen for Parker to combat again this 12 months.

Fury’s promoter, Mick Hennessy, changed into livid about the selection and in comparison his fighter’s display to Muhammad Ali.

He additionally pledged to enchantment in opposition to the decision.

“It was an absolute masterclass, sun shades of Ali. It changed into lovely boxing in the heavyweight division,” Hennessy told BBC Radio five live.

“Parker wasn’t even in the combat. Any punches he become throwing have been either lacking or hitting elbows or hitting gloves. It become very uncommon he were given thru with a easy shot. Hughie definitely skated that combat.

“That is probably one of, if no longer the worst, selections I’ve ever visible in my life. It changed into disgusting, truly disgusting.”

Fury, 23, echoed Hennessy’s phrases.

“I concept I’d accomplished sufficient,” said Fury, who became supported at ringside by way of Tyson Fury.

“There are not any words. on the end of the day, they may be ruining people’s dreams.

“I don’t know what the judge changed into seeing — he saved missing. Devastating. Judges like that shouldn’t be there.”

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