Joseph Parker climbs off the canvas in the first seven seconds to defeat Derek Chisora

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His mother talked him into the ring on Saturday night, and now it may be time for her to talk him out. Derek Chisora ​​continues to provide good value in the late summer of his long career, but losses are mounting.

The latter, at the hands of Joseph Parker, came after a brilliantly captivating fight. And it was close, devilishly like that, given it was a shared decision. But at the age of 37 and with eleven defeats to his record, the question is whether the Londoner has much more to gain from the hardships of this company.

Sure, he can still handle himself. In fact, he’s gotten more entertaining over the years, as shown again by dropping Parker in the first one and then hitting his body afterward. But the topic of retirement that frustrates him so will now inevitably resurface, and perhaps it’s one he should pay more attention to after falling short again in his efforts to move from the brink of the heavyweights .

Joseph Parker climbed off the canvas to defeat Joseph Parker after a grueling 12-lap collision

Parker raises his hand to indicate his narrow victory over Chisora ​​on Saturday

Parker raises his hand to indicate his narrow victory over Chisora ​​on Saturday

Parker celebrates after his hard-fought split decision victory on Saturday night

Parker celebrates after his hard-fought split decision victory on Saturday night

Chisora, 37, beat the former world champion after just seven seconds in Manchester

Chisora, 37, beat the former world champion after just seven seconds in Manchester

The 29-year-old was on his feet and survived the count in the midst of an early Chisora ​​attack

The 29-year-old was on his feet and survived the count in the midst of an early Chisora ​​attack

Del Boy enjoyed tremendous success in the first five laps, pressing Parker against the ropes

Del Boy enjoyed tremendous success in the first five laps, pressing Parker against the ropes

Chisora ​​followed Coach Buddy McGirt's plan to a tee in a promising opening for the fight

Chisora ​​followed Coach Buddy McGirt’s plan to a tee in a promising opening for the fight

What goes against that argument is that it wasn’t a stinker of a performance. Far from it, because he played his part in a quality competition. Admittedly, it didn’t justify billing as the headlining act, as Katie Taylor’s successful defense on points of the undisputed lightweight titles earned that status, but it was nonetheless a very good contribution to a thrilling fight.

In the end, it was in a losing case, with the cards in Parker’s favor for his second-half revival. Chisora ​​won 115-113 according to one judge, but two went for Parker with 116-111 and 115-113.

The 116-111 was ridiculous, but the fight was too close to be considered a robbery, even when Chisora ​​was furious. He said, ‘I am no longer upset. I train hard, I take everything with me and this is the treatment I get from boxing. Same as the last fight (a decision loss to Oleksandr Usyk). They don’t like me. I put it all in and this is the result I get. This is unbelievable. Even his coach Andy Lee said I won the fight. ‘

However, Parker grew in confidence as the fight progressed, and the Kiwi began to find its reach

However, Parker grew in confidence as the fight progressed, and the Kiwi began to find its reach

The former WBO champion landed the more glaring punches against the exhausting Chisora

The former WBO champion landed the more glaring punches against the exhausting Chisora

Parker came on strong in the championship rounds and opened with a few big shots

Parker came on strong in the championship rounds and opened with a few big shots

His sense of conviction was derived from the fact that he dropped the most dramatic punch of the night, knocking down after just seven seconds via a loop to the right behind Parker’s ear. It was a way to start a fight that almost never happened, if you want to keep in mind Chisora’s words in that weird row about a lost toss to determine who came second in the ring. According to those with a vested interest in marketing this encounter, it was only Chisora’s mother’s intervention that made it possible to proceed afterwards, but whatever makes you of all that, the action in the ring from that knockdown was authentic. and convincing.

Chisora ​​then dominated most of the first five rounds, especially with his shots to the body. It looked very good indeed, but the mystery was whether or not he would have the motor to back it up. He had come in at his lightest since 2018 for this fight under the eyes of a legendary trainer in Buddy McGirt, but at the age of 37 it was certainly a pace he couldn’t keep up.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t. Parker got into a rhythm with his superior skills and during the second part of the match the New Zealander was able to pull the level. Did he do enough to win despite the knockdown? It’s hard to answer, so calls for the resit will gain some momentum.

The match went to the judges' scorecards and Parker got the fight by split decision

The match went to the judges’ scorecards and Parker got the fight by split decision

The heavyweight rivals talk after Parker won the fight 116-111, 115-113, 113-115 on Saturday

The heavyweight rivals talk after Parker won the fight 116-111, 115-113, 113-115 on Saturday

An enraged Chisora ​​said boxing “doesn’t like him” and felt he had won the match

All in all, it was a good fight, even if it wasn’t quite a match for Taylor-Jonas. Taylor had run forward by taking four of the first five rounds, but from there Jonas, who had lost twice to the brilliant Irish woman in the amateurs, hit back. They were tied in the last two after an engaging, top-notch fight rich in lengthy exchanges, before Taylor closed well.

“Every time we fight, it’s the edge of your seat and this was no different,” Taylor said. “I thought I had won the championship rounds and it’s a great win.”

Previously, Chris Eubank Jr outpaced Marcus Morrison in a 10-rounder in his first fight after joining Roy Jones Jr, and Craig Richards delivered a brave fight in an unsuccessful challenge for the WBA light-heavyweight world title held by the Russian Dmitry Bivol. . Meanwhile, Campbell Hatton took two wins out of two as a professional with a points win over Levi Dunn. As with his debut in March, Hatton, 20, came up short in a scrappy rush for a knockout, but was a little more restrained in his work. He won the four-rounder 40-36.

Hatton said, ‘It was night and day for my debut. I was more relaxed, used my brain more, so I am much more satisfied. ‘

The heavyweight pair hug after the grueling fight in Manchester

The heavyweight pair hug after the grueling fight in Manchester

Parker and Chisora ​​eat burgers after the heavyweight fight that went all the way

Parker and Chisora ​​eat burgers after the heavyweight fight that went all the way

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