Monday, 30 July 2018
Whyte outguns Parker in epic eliminator.
WBC Number 1 ranked heavyweight Dillian Whyte (24-1, 17 KOs) took a large step closer to finalising a title fight on Saturday night by scoring an exciting twelve round unanimous points decision over former World Boxing Organization champion Joseph Parker (24-2, 18 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London.
Parker started the bout purposefully outboxing Whyte with an intelligent, patient approach.. Whyte stood his ground however, steadily figuring Parker out whilst beginning to establish his jab.. In round 2 Parker stumbled to the canvas after an obvious head clash, whilst referee Ian Jon Lewis took up a count as a legitimate knockdown. Parkers momentum following the head clash appeared to be disjointed at a critical time where Whyte began to dictate the pace of the action.. Whyte starting to land more frequently whilst dragging the fight into the gutter.. By round 8 Whyte was controlling the action, landing the jab on command and nullifying almost everything the tentative Parker threw in return.. The real telling statement came in the ninth when Whyte dropped Parker legitimately with a big left hook for the first time in his whole career..
The fight looked in the bag for the determined Londoner going into the final stretch, with both men struggling with the elevated pace with the punch output dropping considerably.. The desperate former champion being urged to rally by his animated corner.. The final round brought high drama, whilst leading comfortably, Whyte ran into a huge Parker right hand, visibly distressed and fatigued the Brixton man intelligently took a knee and bought himself precious time.. Whyte arose calmly and managed to stifle and smother the Kiwis final onslaught to the final bell..
Scores were 113-112, 115-110, 114-111.
Parker attempted to dominate Whyte with clean cut boxing ability, whilst the starving hungry Whyte approached the bout with a win at all costs attitude, untidy at times and dirty on occasion, but in a fight of this magnitude and with so much at stake, no one in attendance could blame Dillian for his tactics..
Whyte now stands in the top 3 rankings in every governing body, a huge opportunity has to materialise soon..