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Parker sets sights on Joshua unification bout



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 and IBF champion Joshua, who fights Bulgaria ’ s Kubrat Pulev in Cardiff in October .

“ 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. ”

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