Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker got again to winning ways but become made to work as he claimed a 10-round decision over Jack Massey within the Manchester arena where he turned into stopped by way of Joe Joyce in his preceding fight.
The fight become a big step up for Massey, who had boxed formerly as a cruiserweight, in which he had held an IBO identify, but he controlled to frustrate Parker without ever clearly threatening to conquer him on the Eubank-Smith undercard.
It changed into a unanimous selection – Victor Loughlin scored it 97-ninety two, Howard Foster went 97-ninety three, at the same time as Phil Edwards had it ninety six-93, which regarded a piece near.
Joseph Parker To Victory Jack Massey
Joseph Parker , 31, who is now based totally as a part of Tyson Fury’s camp in Morecambe, wherein he’s trained by means of Andy Lee, appeared content material with the night’s paintings.
“We knew Jack Massey changed into going to return prepared and equipped and he put on a very good performance,” Parker stated. “He was transferring lots, which made it a piece difficult, but if he got here ahead it might have been a different combat, but congratulations to Jack for taking me the ten rounds.”
Massey became careful at the hole bell, backing away and looking to hold and smother Parker. Midway through the first, Massey landed a first rate proper, even though Parker countered with a left, but within the foremost Parker was following Massey round.
It become the same sample within the 2d and 1/3, when Parker landed an awesome proper hook up near as Massey backed into the ropes. He repeated the trick in the fourth, although there were symptoms that Massey changed into being a bit more energetic.
There have been signs inside the 5th spherical that the load of Parker’s punches have been taking their toll, as two tough rights had an impact, although Massey completed the round with an awesome flurry and landed a decent proper at the start of the sixth. Parker hammered back with a huge uppercut, however Massey nevertheless regarded to attack and changed into no longer letting Parker have his personal way.
There were signs of frustration from Parker within the 7th and 8th rounds and the action changed into scrappy. Massey become getting on top inside the eighth spherical, as he peppered Parker with pictures, touchdown a decent proper hand. But Massey turned into then docked a factor for persistent conserving via referee Darren Sarjinson and Parker landed a good proper at the bell.
In the very last spherical, Massey suffered a nasty reduce over his left eye and he was then rocked with the aid of a proper uppercut, however he hung on. Massey had one very last go inside the final ten seconds of the spherical, but he lacked the power to sincerely problem Joseph Parker.
Lee said there had been nonetheless upgrades to come back from Joseph Parker. “More of everything,” Lee said. “Pick up on everything – ft, head, sharper with the whole thing. I think he’s simply beginning again, it’s a rebuilding technique and the 10 rounds will do him properly.
“It is very tough to look proper in opposition to a person who’s being so bad, they’re the toughest warring parties to look excellent towards.”
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He changed into Boxing Correspondent for The Times, in which he labored from 2001-2019 – protecting four Olympic Games and severa world name fights throughout the globe. He has written about boxing for a wide sort of publications international because the 1980s.