Parker does us proud and big NRL fi­nale awaits

Manukau Courier - - HEALTH & BEAUTY -

‘‘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.

PHOTOSPORT.NZ

WBO Heavy­weight World Cham­pion Joseph Parker with his belt and trainer Kevin Barry.

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