Parker Edges Past Chisora Via Split Decision
12 x 3 mins vacant WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title
DEREK CHISORA v JOSEPH PARKER WSD12 (115-113 Chisora,
116-111 Parker, 115-113 Parker)
(Finchley, England) (Auckland, New Zealand)
Joseph Parker overcame a first-round knockdown to defeat
Derek Chisora by split decision following a brutal
Heavyweight battle at the AO, Arena Manchester, live on Sky
Sports Box Office in the UK and on DAZN in all markets
excluding the UK, Ireland, China, New Zealand and Samoa.
The New Zealander had a disastrous start, hitting the canvas
in the opening seconds, and Parker showed grit along with
his classy combinations to secure victory with tallies of
115-113 and 116-111, with Chisora receiving a score of
ďI am feeling it,Ē Parker told Matchroom. ďDerek landed a
lot of shots on me. Iíll probably feel it more tomorrow. The
plan was to come out and box smartly and stay focused. I got
caught right at the beginning. I think it was round the back
of the head, I didnít see it.
"The plan was to box and move and be smart. With the
guidance of Andy I was able to box. We didnít have the
longest time together. I know I needed a lot of work. I need
to keep learning from Andy and practicing the things we work
on in the gym.
"It was a tough fight and I got caught right at the
beginning. I just had to dig deep and stay focused and
follow the plan that we had in place. Swayed off a bit, but
Derek is a very tough opponent. He came forward, put
pressure on me from the beginning. Threw big bombs and
landed a lot.
"The boxing skills won me some rounds towards the end. It
was a very close fight. I thought it could go either way,
and Iím very thankful and blessed to get the win today. He
brought the smoke. If you want to feel it, jump in the ring
"Itís very achievable [World Title fight]. I just have to
get back to the training. Thereís a lot of things I have to
work on. I had a good plan in place. Thereís still a lot I
can show, I just have to keep working with Andy, and more
camps ahead. We could do it next fight."
10 x 2 mins Undisputed Lightweight World Titles
KATIE TAYLOR WUD10 (96-94, 96-95, 96-95) v NATASHA JONAS
(Bray, Ireland) (Liverpool, England)
Katie Taylor retained her WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and Ring
Magazine Lightweight World Titles after a unanimous decision
victory over Natasha Jonas with scores of 96-94, 96-95 and
The Irish star shared another memorable meeting with Jonas,
nine years after their London 2012 Olympic Games bout, as
Taylor was forced to dig deep for the win.
ďAgain, it was probably a bit too exciting for my liking,Ē
Taylor told Matchroom. ďIt was definitely a toe to toe
battle in there. I thought I was a bit flat early on, but I
dug deep to win the championship rounds. I definitely showed
the heart of a champion in there and thatís what won me the
fight in the end.
"She showed everything it takes to win a World Title in her
last two performances. Tonight was a brilliant showcase for
womenís boxing and boxing overall. Every time we fought as
amateurs it was that type of fight as well. Iíd prepared for
a hard ten-round battle tonight and thatís exactly what it
"Eddie was saying that fight would have brought the PPV
sales up a small bit. Thatís obviously a great start. I feel
sorry for the main event coming out after that fight. It was
a thrilling fight. Iím just delighted to come out of it with
the belts and still undefeated. 18-0, onwards and upwards.
This is what I'm in the sport for, I want to be involved in
the biggest fights. There's plenty of those fights out there
4 x 3 mins Lightweight contest
CAMPBELL HATTON WPTS4 (40-36) v LEVI DUNN
(Manchester, England) (Prestwich, England)
Campbell Hatton sealed a shutout points victory over Levi
Dunn as he made a winning debut in his hometown of
The 20-year-old was fighting at the scene of father Ricky's
World Title triumphs after a frantic debut in Gibraltar and
he displayed more discipline, sealing a 40-36 verdict
following four rounds.
ďI could tell during the whole build up that Iíd be a lot
better in this fight,Ē Hatton told Matchroom. ďIíve just
been so much more relaxed. Itís night and day. Iíve not
watched it back yet, but I think I did show a lot smarter
boxing and a bit more composure.
"Thereís still room for improvement but Iím buzzing with it.
Iíve not had probably 10% of what I had to do last time. Iím
grateful for it. I think I was hurting him a bit more this
time. In a spar, it isnít about taking them out is it. He
was doing a lot of holding. Heís a tough kid and heís done
the job that he was here to do. I think I would have got him
out of there if there was a bit less holding.
"My heroes have boxed here, so itís a box ticked for me. It
was weird walking down the ramp with no crowd. I canít wait
to do it again here when itís packed. Itís not new to me
now, Iíve got a bit more used to it. Iíll be straight back
in the gym ready to go again. Itís all learning, and by
keeping busy, I think Iíll be flying soon.Ē
10 x 3 mins Middleweight contest
CHRIS EUBANK JR WUD10 (98-92, 98-92, 98-92) v MARCUS
(Brighton, England) (Hattersley, England)
Chris Eubank Jr marked his return to Britain with a
punishing points victory over Marcus Morrison to stay on
course for a big name fight later this year.
Eubank Jr ended a lengthy absence from the ring, hurting
Morrison on a number of occasions before sealing victory
with three scores of 98-92.
The Brighton star had Morrison in trouble as early as the
second round, but says he decided to let his opponent
recover in order to gain valuable rounds.
ďMy last fight lasted two rounds, so really itís been two
years since I had a twelve-round fight," Eubank Jr told
Matchroom. "There was definitely some ring rust, and there
was definitely some getting back into the swing of things. I
had him hurt bad in the second round. I backed off. I wanted
him to recover so that I could be seen again.
"Iím back on TV, Iím back fighting, this is my home. This is
my life; this is what I do. I wanted to go the distance and
get those rounds in. Iím happy with the performance. I
followed instruction; he was telling me to do things in the
corner and I went out there and did it. Thatís kind of alien
to me. Usually most of my career has been dependent on what
I want to do, my instincts and my reaction. But now we have
a head coach in Roy Jones Jr and I full trust him. Iím happy
to be paired with him.
"This is the beginning of a long and great journey for me. I
want to be very active this year, I want to fight at least
twice more. This is a good start. Full credit to Marcus.
Iíve hit guys with shots like that and theyíve gone. He kept
coming. A lot of respect for Marcus. Thereís a lot of World
Champions in the Middleweight division. Thereís a lot of big
names out there for me to go and fight. Golovkin is the end
goal, and anyone with a World Title. Iím coming, theyíre all
on the radar.Ē
12 x 3 mins WBA Light-Heavyweight World Title
DMITRY BIVOL WUD12 (118-110, 115-113, 115-114) v CRAIG
(Saint Petersburg, Russia) (Crystal Palace, England)
Dmitry Bivol retained his WBA Light-Heavyweight World Title
via a unanimous decision despite a spirited performance from
South Londoner Craig Richards.
The unbeaten Russian is recognised as one of the finest
fighters in the 175lbs division, but he was made to work for
victory over 'Spider' Richards with scores of 118-110,
ďIím not happy but Iím okay,Ē Bivol told Matchroom. ďIt was
a long rest for me and I went into the ring after one and a
half years. Itís fine. My opponent was a good fighter,
really good. Heís smart and he thinks. He was thinking for
the whole fight.
"Itís okay. I was feeling that Iíd won. I gave him a couple
of rounds for recovery. I landed more clean punches. I
respect him and I respected him before the fight. I think he
can make problems for all fighters because of his style.
"He moved a lot. Fighters who move a lot and have good speed
are really hard. He is a good fighter, but I have more
weapons in my arsenal. Iím glad I have had another defence.
Of course, I want unification fights. I still want them. I
havenít had a chance to fight for another belt, this is why
I defend my belt.
"Iíd like to fight for another belt, it would be a good
challenge for me. I believe I can become the Undisputed
World Champion one day, this is why I train, thatís why I
have a good team. I believe one day I will be if I train
hard. Thanks to everyone who supports me and watched this
4 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
JOHNNY FISHER TKO3 (1:46) v PHIL WILLIAMS
(Romford, England) (Swindon, England)
Johnny Fisher moved to 2-0 as he stopped Swindon's Phil
Williams in the third round with a barrage of hurtful
'The Romford Bull' gave another impressive display of his
raw power, forcing the referee to step in after a sustained
ďI thought it was brilliant to get out on such short
notice," Fisher told Matchroom. "Credit to Sam Jones and
Eddie Hearn for getting the fight there for me. Phil
Williams is an awkward and tough opponent; heís only been
stopped four or five times in 30 bouts. Awkward fight, but I
got him out of there and I showed I could go three rounds
and keep a high pace.
"Iím trying to find the balance between having that killer
instinct and sitting behind my boxing. Sometimes in there
you probably get caught between the two. As I progress, Iíll
be able to use that killer instinct more effectively. It was
an awkward fight, but I showed that Iíve got the strength
and the power to stop people. I stopped him in the third
round. Weíll go against for the next one as soon as we can.
ďIf you stay ready, youíll get opportunities, especially at
Matchroom and with S-JAM Boxing. I showed I can turn up and
get the job done. Iím very grounded. I played rugby for a
long time. That teaches you a lot of discipline. Iíve got
family and a support network who believe in me. They always
tell me the truth as well, and Iíll always be truthful about
my own performances.
"Itís all systems go, ready for the next one. Iíve got to
get that jab off, because in the gym itís coming off lovely.
When you get under them lights, you can have a bit of
eagerness. Iíve only had four amateur senior fights and Iíve
got a long way to go in the professional ranks.Ē
12 x 3 mins vacant IBO Lightweight World Title
JAMES TENNYSON v JOVANNI STRAFFON TKO1 (2:10)
(Belfast, Northern Ireland) (Mexico City, Mexico)
James Tennyson was dropped and stopped as Mexico's Jovanni
Straffon produced a stunning first-round victory to claim
the vacant IBO Lightweight World Title.
The Belfast man was stunned by an early onslaught from
Straffon, who dropped Tennyson heavily and then forced
referee Michael Alexander to wave the fight off after just
two minutes and ten seconds.
ďI dreamed about this several years ago," Straffon told
Matchroom. "I know I was up against everything. I knew he
was a very strong fighter. He called himself ĎThe Assassiní,
but he was assassinated. He punches hard, but nothing
punches harder than life.
"It has been a very good year for Mexican boxing. There has
been lots of surprises and upsets. Iím not really surprised
about what happened. I have been well prepared for a year. I
knew I was the big underdog but now Iím the winner.
"I would really like the opportunity to work with Eddie
Hearn. I would like to thank my manager and promoter. I hope
some really good things are coming my way. I believe I just
won an opportunity to get some of the tough and big names
out there. Donít give up on anything, always keep on
dreaming because dreams do come true.Ē
8 x 3 mins International Super-Middleweight contest
SCOTT FITZGERALD TKO3 (2:43) v GREGORY TRENEL
(Preston, England) (Dainville, France)
Former British Super-Welterweight Champion Scott Fitzgerald
ended his lengthy absence from the ring with a third-round
stoppage of Frenchman Gregory Trenel in the opening bout of
Fitzgerald hadn't boxed since landing the British Title
against Ted Cheeseman back in October 2019, and returned at
Super-Middleweight as he continues to work his way back down
In his post fight interview, the unbeaten Preston talent
reiterated his desire to rematch one of his former opponents
Ted Cheeseman or Anthony Fowler by the end of the year.
ďItís an amazing feeling," Fitzgerald told Matchroom. "There
were times I thought I wouldnít get back here. To get back
in there and come out with a stoppage is a great feeling. I
was whacking some shots off his head, and at some points he
was smiling. I could see he was tough. At the end he wasnít
looking to throw back and I was hitting him with some big
shots. The body shots were hurting him. I think it was the
right decision from the ref.
ďIíve already lost a fair bit of weight to get down to 12
stone. If Iím out again in July I can be under eleven and a
half stone and ready for a big one then. October time, under
eleven stone then. Iíve 100% learnt my lessons. I just keep
the right people around me. Iíll keep my eyes on the
mission. No messing about.
"Iíd like to win the British Title back by the end of 2021.
Thatís what Iím hoping for. Cheeseman, Iím sure heíd be
happy to fight me again as Iíve already beaten him. Thatís a
way back in for me. Iím going to keep chipping away at this
weight and get myself ready. The first fight with Anthony
Fowler was a great fight and everyone enjoyed it, the public
enjoyed it and I know they all want to see it again. If itís
right to happen before the end of the year, Iím ready for