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Derek Chisora showed plenty of heart and guts but there was no glory as Joseph Parker brutally took him apart in a gruelling clash.
The New Zealander reignited his hopes of becoming a two-time world heavyweight champion with a fine performance.
If their first meeting back in May – which Parker won – was dull and inconclusive this was anything but as the Kiwi cleaned up on cards of 115-110, 115-111, 114-112.
The scorecards were way too close and didn’t tell the story of this fight, though.
Parker had Chisora down three times in the blistering bout at Manchester Arena to hand the Brit his 12th loss.
This should really be the end for 37-year-old veteran Chisora but, just like he did in this fight, he may just keep battling on.
Parker, 29, showed there is still life left in his career though.
He had to weather some storms but he was a level above the ageing Chisora here.
Parker was in control in the first round as he popped out his jab and landed a good right as Chisora struggled to let his shots go.
The Londoner went on the front foot in the second as he lumbered forward and landed right hands.
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But it left him open for big uppercuts from Parker, who was in a spiteful mood.
The Kiwi puncher then pinned Chisora on the ropes at the end of the round with a succession of right hands.
Parker, in his second fight with trainer Andy Lee, looked refreshed and reinvigorated.
Back-to-back defeats by Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte in 2018 and laboured performances in wins since suggested he had lost his sparkle.
But he was vicious here as a right hand really hurt Chisora in the third.
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The Londoner somehow rallied to trade blows before the three minutes was up.
But Chisora was only kept up by the ropes in the fourth as a right uppercut and left hook sent him stumbling back.
Referee Howard Foster gave him a count as the end looked near. But yet again Chisora dug deep and dragged Parker into another tear up.
The crowd inside Manchester Arena loved it as cries of ‘Oh Derek Chisora’ swirled around the venue.
It was exciting stuff, if not high quality.
Parker slowed in the fifth but he still had success with the right uppercut as Chisora staggered forward with little sign of a plan.
Chisora’s best work was on the inside but to get there he had to swallow several shots from Parker time and time again.
Parker floored him in the seventh with a superb right uppercut. Yet again it looked over, yet again Chisora battled back.
But another right uppercut had Chisora sprawled on the ropes again and Foster was counting in the eighth.
A left hook from Parker rattled Chisora’s senses again before another uppercut shook him in the ninth.
Parker couldn’t find a finish though as Chisora somehow heard the final bell.
The result was never in doubt even with some dodgy scoring from the ringside judges.
- Dereck Chisora
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