Ex-WBO champ Parker defeats Massey

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It wasn’t the annihilation he promised, but former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (31-3, 21 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Jack “One Smack” Massey (20-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the AO Arena in Manchester, England. Parker was in command all the way en route to a 96-93, 97-92, 97-93 verdict. Massey was deducted a point in round eight for holding. Parker, 31, gets back on the winning track after a KO loss to Joe Joyce.

Unbeaten welterweight Ekow Essuman (19-0, 7 KOs) edged Chris Kongo (14-2, 7 KOs) over twelve close rounds. Majority decision 114-114, 116-113, 115-114. Whole slew of belts on the line in this fight including British, Commonwealth, IBF Euro and WBC International silver.

2020 Olympic super heavyweight bronze medalist Frazer Clarke (5-0, 4 KOs) was victorious when Kevin Espindola (7-7, 2 KOs) couldn’t come out for round five due to a hand injury.

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  • J Parker needs 2 more wins against good fighters before he can fight any Top Fighters In precious metal he would be Bronze Metal Good luck to him

  • As usual, I was expecting a lot more from Parker. Not sure he is in the top 10 after this.

    • Parker was never anything special. I don’t know how he ever won a piece of the heavyweight title. Yet Parker is Joe Joyce best win.

      • It’s because Parker went the distance with AJ, and Joe Joyce destroyed Parker. I never thought Parker or AJ were special, above average at best but nothing really special.

  • Makhmudov, for some reason, recently popped up with some big rankings, but he’s DESPERATELY in need of named opponents. I think Parker – Makhmudov makes sense.

  • poor Parker . He doesn’t even know it is over. Joyce must club harder than we thought..

    • Parker was struggling against guys like Derek Chisora and Junior Fa before Parker even faced Joyce.

  • Parker is so freaking boring. He reminds me of John Ruiz. Hell, he even managed to somehow win the WBA belt (against Andy Ruiz, and to me Ruiz clearly beat him). At least John Ruiz was somewhat exciting toward the end of his career. But I guess it had everything to do with age, and not because he was trying to be exciting. Parker is going the opposite way, getting old is making him more boring.

    • The funny thing is Parker is only around 31 so not old. He is just a boring fighter who only looks good against really bad opposition.

    • I’d say fres oquendo…John Ruiz had some personality having that trainer ..forgot his name

  • Why is he fighting in England ? I understand he is now living there He is boring as hell..who is paying to watch him? Isn’t AO arena pretty popular ? Why would they pay to
    Have him headline ? I don’t understand boxing fans

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