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Parker: I Can Bring Out The Weaknesses in Anthony Joshua!

New Zealand's Joseph Parker said he had the skills to exploit Anthony Joshua's "weaknesses" after beating Hughie Fury by a majority points decision to defend his WBO world heavyweight title.

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

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

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"I feel I have better movement," Parker said after extending his unbeaten record to 24 fights, with 18 wins by KO.

"He's got good power and is a good champion, but if I fight him, I can bring out the weaknesses."

Parker's promoter, David Higgins, said Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn had already made contact about a fight next year.

"He wants to unify and so do we," said Higgins, who is eager for Parker to fight again this year.

Fury's promoter, Mick Hennessy, was furious about the decision and compared his fighter's display to Muhammad Ali.

He also pledged to appeal against the decision.

"It was an absolute masterclass, shades of Ali. It was beautiful boxing in the heavyweight division," Hennessy told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"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."

Fury, 23, echoed Hennessy's words.

"I thought I'd done enough," said Fury, who was supported at ringside by Tyson Fury.

"There are no words. At the end of the day, they are ruining people's dreams.

"I don't know what the judge was seeing -- he kept missing. Devastating. Judges like that shouldn't be there."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jkp on 09-27-2017

[QUOTE=juggernaut666;18092944]Spoken like a true fanboy...do you even watch boxing or just Parker fights? lol Whyte dethrones Parker if/when they fight if it takes place within 2 years. parker was even confronted by whyte for a fight and Parker said he…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 09-27-2017

[QUOTE=Jkp;18087879]Next you will be telling us how good David Price, Gary Cornsih and Tony Bellew are. The UK is full of hyped heavy weights who shouldn't even be in the sport.[/QUOTE] Spoken like a true fanboy...do you even watch boxing…

Comment by Jkp on 09-26-2017

[QUOTE=Quiksilva;18089661]Every boxer has a bum on their resume to build up their careers, what, on their first fight you want them to face a champion or someone who is top 10 in their division? Parker has bums on his resume…

Comment by Quiksilva on 09-26-2017

[QUOTE=Jkp;18089119]What about the other 19 pathetic bums on AJs resume? Where they ready for Joshua? When has "being ready" ever been a criteria for AJs opponent? Or any boxer. Stupid comment.[/QUOTE] Every boxer has a bum on their resume to…

Comment by Jkp on 09-26-2017

[QUOTE=Quiksilva;18088965]Stop being a delusional fanboy bro. Be realistic. I like Parker but judging by his skills he isn't ready for Anthony Joshua yet. If Joshua had faced the names you mentioned, he would've knocked and bold them over instead of…

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