Whyte Scores Decision Win Over Parker

Dillian Whyte comes one step closer to a shot at a major boxing world title, defeating former WBO champion Joseph Parker via unanimous decision. He retains the WBC Silver Heavyweight Title and wins the vacant WBO International Heavyweight Title as well with this win.

Parker got off to a strong start in the opening round, being the quicker fighter and keeping his distance while Whyte looked for something big. But late in round two, Parker was knocked down on what originally looked like a thrown punch, but turned out to be an accidental clash of heads.

Parker continued to try to keep away over the next couple of rounds, but Whyte eventually got to him and roughed him up, even stumbling the former WBO champion with a flurry in round four. Whyte missed a big punch at the start of the fifth, knocking him off balance, but Parker couldn’t capitalize on the mistake. Parker instead ate big punches, but to his credit, wasn’t getting knocked down. He even answered with some heavy leather of his own.

The pace changed dramatically in the seventh round, as both men, particularly Whyte, looked gassed. But Whyte did manage to cut off the ring from Parker, keeping the distance close and forcing Parker to try to move or trade with him. Then in the ninth, Whyte dropped Parker with a hard left shot, and while Parker got up, he looked rocked badly.

Parker finally had some tide turned in his favor late in the 11th, when he knocked Whyte back with a hard uppercut. The two traded away, and Parker got the better of the exchange due to Whyte’s fatigue. And then in the 12th, Parker managed to drop Whyte for an eight-count at the very last minute. The ref allowed the fight to go on, and Parker looked for the kill, but Whyte survived.

All three judges ruled the bout in Whyte’s favor, 113-112, 115-110, 114-111.

In the co-main event, Derek Chisora had a huge comeback to knock out former world title challenger Carlos Takam in the eighth round, while Katie Taylor remained IBF and WBA women’s lightweight champ with a third-round stoppage of Kimberly Connor.

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