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Parker tactics dissatisfy defeated Cojanu

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/05/2017 Angelo Risso
Joseph Parker © Getty Joseph Parker

Combative to the last, Romanian boxer Razvan Cojanu has taken a crack at Joseph Parker for fighting like a "chicken" in Saturday's WBO title defence - and at journalists who wrote him off for a speedy knock-out.

The 30-year-old surprised many by going the distance with Parker, who laboured to find a way past the languid Romanian's defences.

Despite rarely troubling his opponent - and losing by unanimous points decision - Cojanu never looked likely to hit the canvas and held steady to the final bell.

After the fight, he took another opportunity to unleash on reporters who predicted a quick Parker victory, and at the Kiwi fighter himself for avoiding a mano-a-mano slugfest.

Despite much taunting, Parker mostly resisted Cojanu's attempts to goad him into a close-range brawl and danced around his 206cm reach.

It wasn't a tactic that impressed the big-hitting Romanian.

"The champion was running. I respect him but he was running like ... bok bok bok!" Cojanu said, imitating the sound of a chicken.

"Don't chicken out! Stop running! Be a man, have cojones."

Despite his unaggressive tactics, Cojanu insisted he was pleased with his display in Manukau and said he had left nothing in the tank.

A late replacement for the withdrawn Hughie Fury, Cojanu felt he'd done the best he could in the circumstances, without a pre-fight camp.

He challenged Parker to a rematch - an unlikely proposition, given the lucrative deals waiting for the WBO champion in England and the United States.

"I am ready to fight - next week bring me a champion again, I'm ready," Cojanu said.

"Everyone was thinking, 'oh you come here for money, after one round you'll lay down'. No! I came here to take out Joseph Parker, [and] he was like a chicken.

"But this is life. What can I do?"

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