Andy Lee felt the wrong man got the nod according to Derek Chisora.
Minutes after Katie Taylor had retained her lightweight titles by defeating Natasha Jonas in a classic, Lee was ensuring Irish interest in the main event, as he was cornering Joseph Parker against ‘Del Boy’.
The New Zealander, who teamed up with coach Lee just weeks before the pivotal heavyweight contest, was dropped in round one but rose to his feet to score a points win.
The majority of experts and engrossed fans did feel Parker had done enough in the second half of the fight to secure a tight point wins but Chisora disagrees – and claimed so did Parker’s coach Lee.
“I was putting in more power punches, inside work, but I can’t get upset anymore. But you know what, I won’t let them slow me down. No way. I will not let them slow me down. I will go again,” Chisora said after the fight.
“They want to see me retire, but I’m not retiring yet, forget that. Even his coach said I won the fight.
“This is horrible. I train hard every day, I give everything in the gym, and when I put it all in there, these are the results I get,” the fighter who regularly feels aggrieved continued.
“Joe said he wants to give me a rematch. If he wants to give me a rematch, I’ll take the rematch easy, but this is unbelievable. I won the fight, even his coach Andy Lee said I won the fight.”
The ever honest and straight-talking Lee, didn’t go as far as to agree with Chisora. Indeed there was little doubt he felt Parker did enough to have his hand raised but he did acknowledge it was close and admitted his new charge wasn’t 100 percent confident of victory on the final bell.
“After the fight, Joseph Parker came back and said, ‘I’m not sure I’m going to get this.’ We will give you a rematch. We’ll have to do a rematch straight away,” Lee commented.
Speaking after the fight, the former heavyweight champion of the world again heralded the influence of the former middleweight world champ, who also trains Jason Quigley and Paddy Donovan.
The 29-year-old who is set to relocate to Dublin with his family in a bid to improve further under Lee said: “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 didn’t see it.
‘The plan was to box and move and be smart. With the guidance of Andy I was able to box. We didn’t 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.”
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