Joseph Parker defends his WBO world heavyweight title against Hughie Fury next month in Manchester in what is a huge fight for both men at this stage of their careers. Success for Parker will probably see him set up a unification clash with Anthony Joshua either later this year or early in 2018, while Fury could emulate his cousin Tyson by becoming a world champion despite suffering from some health problems which have halted his progress in the ring in recent years.
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Here is a look at the best bets for the Manchester Arena in what also features a strong undercard including Ireland’s Peter McDonagh and Joe Murray meets Matty Fagan in an interesting domestic contest.
Back Parker To Keep Unification Contest Alive
Parker became New Zealand’s first ever world heavyweight champion last December when he beat Andy Ruiz on points in Auckland. After a slow start to the bout, Parker recovered well and showed his class in the second half of the fight where he was not just the busier boxer but he also landed the cleverer shots.
Fury represents an unknown challenge to Parker in Manchester as it is hard to gauge how good Tyson’s cousin actually is. He is unbeaten in 20 professional starts, however, when you look at the men he has beat, none of the names immediately step out. Arguably his best win came against Fred Kassi in April 2016 when he won the WBO inter-continental belt.
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Parker, on the other hand, is a man who clearly has a very bright future. The world title shot probably came sooner than most people expected, however, he took full advantage to firmly put himself in the run in for some huge fights over the next 12 months.
The WBO champion is a boxer who not take unnecessary risks, He is very calculated with his game-plan and that will be the case against Fury which should see him come out on top on points after 12 rounds. Parker can be backed at 6/5 to get the decision from the judges’ scorecards. If you are having a bet on the fight though, look out for the best sign up promotions on the Oddschecker free bets page. Not only can you pick up some fantastic matched stake offers, but you may also come across some boosted odds on the fight.
If you want to do an accumulator on the card in Manchester then you can include Parker, Murray and Shane Singleton in a treble which will hopefully give you interest throughout the night on September 23.