WBO Heavyweight champion Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury took nearly an eternity to finally get in the ring with each other, but neither man was able to claim victory as the two fought in an uneventful bout in Manchester.
Seven days after a weekend of scandalous scoring in Las Vegas, the judging of Parker vs. Fury also raised some eyebrows as most fight fans viewed the contest as a competitive affair which was a lot closer than the pair of 118-110 reckonings suggested.
Both men were hoping to step out of Anthony Joshua's shadow but if anything, they both disappeared deeper into it. Hughie was even upstaged by cousin Tyson, who has not fought in two years and still has not made a complete comeback to boxing.
Parker, now 24-0, understandably disagreed: "He put up a good fight". I was always thinking that we are fighting him in Manchester and knew we had to work really hard and not take the foot of the accelerator.
Joseph Parker is the defending champion, edging out Andy Ruiz Jr to claim one of the belts that Tyson Fury vacated.
"Joseph was the aggressor, he landed the powerful punches".
It was the first boxing event at the Manchester Arena since 22 people were killed by a terror attack after a pop concert in May. He stepped into the lion's den tonight in Manchester against a very good, very well-trained heavyweight, and he won with an aggressive game plan, a revival of his double jab (especially to the body), and by being supremely conditioned. And yet again, questions are asked over the scores; while the champion edged the fight in the eyes of some, the 118-110 cards were far too wide and something of an insult to the efforts of the challenger.
Hury was easily able to evade Parker with neat footwork. (Reuters) Fury's tactic was to counter-punch and found success with his right.
Fury was content to stay behind his jab in the 10th which interrupted Parker's momentum and in the last round he came out swinging.
But Parker finished strong, landing a big right early in Round 12 and then another big right over the top.
But it was Fury's corner who thought they had won the fight at the final bell.