Parker does us proud and big NRL finale awaits
‘‘The Cowboys were written off repeatedly, but still managed to get past the Roosters, and their never say die spirit will make the final a sensational game.’’
boy Joseph Parker, on his victory in Manchester over Hughie Fury. He was made to work really hard for his win, but in truth Fury offered little, spending most of the fight running away and making sure – probably very wisely - he stayed well out of Parker’s way. As is almost always the way, there is now all this talk out of his camp about how he was robbed, and that they might protest, but given the judges scored it 118-110, 118-110, and 114-114 to Parker, he would be wasting his time. I will confess I like and admire young Joseph, who I have met many times, and he is a fine man. Only in New Zealand would a sports- man who has won a world title be subjected to endless questioning of his talent, and have constant doubts about his ability paraded in the media. What more can he do than continue to win? It was always a big risk for Joseph to take the fight to Manchester, where Fury had huge support, while he had Manu Vatuvei, which was nice to see. It is another step for sure along the path to a fight with World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation champion Anthony Joshua.
And sports fans be sure to check in next week when I will have news of a fantastic Kiwis lunch being organised ahead of the Rugby League World Cup. At the moment all I can reveal is that you need to keep Friday October 27 free. You won’t regret it.
WBO Heavyweight World Champion Joseph Parker with his belt and trainer Kevin Barry.