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Fury ran for the entire fight - Parker

Newshub logoNewshub 24/09/2017 Reece Labuschagne

Joseph Parker dictated the pace of the 12-round WBO title-fight. © Photo - Photosport; Video - Newshub Joseph Parker dictated the pace of the 12-round WBO title-fight. Joseph Parker was confident he had done enough for the win, but admits to being a little concerned before the scorecards were read out at Manchester Arena.

The Kiwi retained his WBO heavyweight title with a majority decision win, and thought he won the fight easily.

"I knew that I did enough to win, I knew that I won convincingly, but we're in Manchester and some of the scorecards in other fights sort of didn't live up to what happened in the fight," Parker said.

"So I thought it might have got taken away from us, but I was confident I did the work in the ring."

Parker was the more aggressive of the two fighters and had Fury backpedalling for the majority of the bout, which Parker believes is why he got his hand raised.

"I felt I had it, I felt I put on the pressure and landed the bigger shots -  he ran for the whole 12 rounds, so I felt I won and won well."

Parker did however praise Fury for his movement and style which made it difficult for the fighter to get the elusive stoppage.

"He's awkward, he moves very well, uses the ring quite well, so it was just hard to sort of corner him and catch him," Parker said.

"I think I caught him with some good shots and credit to him for dodging the other big shots that came his way.

"I was trying for the knockout, maybe I tried too hard, but I guess there's a lot to work on, we going to absorb this victory, celebrate with the team.

"But I think next time I'll get the knockout, who knows."

Looking ahead, Parker and his team know what they need to improve on, but for the time-being, the Kiwi intends to just reflect on yet another successful outing.

"There's a lot to take from this fight, just got to keep working on things that I showed weakness in the ring today, but we did a lot of things good," Parker said.

"I think want to focus on the positives, focus on the win and celebrate with the team."

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