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Peter Fury: Hughie deserves a rematch, he was robbed

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By Scott Gilfoid: Trainer Peter Fury is harping about how his fighter Hughie Fury (20-1, 10 Kos) lost his fight last Saturday night to WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Peter thinks Hughie was robbed of a victory, and he wants a rematch to be ordered or given straightaway by Parker.

Peter is calling Hughie an “uncrowned” champion right now, as he really believed that he deserved the victory. Peter seems to be a little out of touch with the views on the Parker-Hughie fight that the mainstream boxing fans have on the fight. The fans saw Hughie running around the ring, spoiling and not fighting. It was a pretty easy fight for the average boxing fan to score due to Hughie not throwing punches for the entire fight.

The scores were 118-110, 118-110 for Parker, and 114-114 for Hughie.

“I feel as a boxing analyst, there wasn’t enough that he brought,” said Peter Fury about Parker. “He was missing and getting caught on the way in with clean shots. I had Hughie by a unanimous decision win. The scorecards 118-110 were absolutely ridiculous. I only gave Parker 4, 5 rounds max. That’s the way I scored it. He was doing enough and clearly winning it,” said Peter about Hughie.

Peter is dreaming if he thinks there’s going to be a rematch. He needs to teach Hughie how to stand and fight instead of run from the battle field like we saw last night. It was shameful to watch so much running. Peter might as well have thrown the white towel into the ring after the 1st round, because Hughie never game to fight. He was in the retreat mode from the word go.

Well. it’s a good thing for boxing that the trainers aren’t the one that score their own fighters’ contests, being that the sport would have nothing but draws. Peter needs to step back and let the judges be the one that score. The judges spoke and they felt that Hughie was totally outclassed in losing to Parker 10 rounds to 2. Peter should be happy that Hughie was given 2 rounds, because even giving him that many rounds was really pushing it.

“They saw Joseph Parker coming forward and trying to make the fight,” said Peter. “He was coming forward and missing. The officials need a severe looking at, because I don’t know what they were looking at. When you look at the video, Joseph Parker didn’t win the fight.”They should be fair enough to give my son a rematch, because he’s been robbed. Give my son a rematch, because you didn’t beat my son. He didn’t beat Hughie. He should be champion this evening. He’s an uncrowned world champion today; the worlds at his feet. This kid got so much talent. Hughie made Joseph Parker, a world champion, look very ordinary today,” said Peter.

Peter sounds almost delusional in talking about Hughie. The man is not an uncrowned champion. Hughie is the loser that didn’t come to fight. Parker beat Hughie fair and square, and he’s going to have to live with that. There’s not going to be a rematch unless Parker wants another easy payday chasing Hughie around the ring for 12 rounds. Hughie was pawing with his jab all fight long, missing and then holding like mad. The referee Marcus McDonnell gave Hughie a huge break by not disqualifying him for his spoiling. I thought Hughie should have been kicked out of the ring by the 6th when it was obvious that he was not going to try and fight. He was just coming to hold and run.

Hughie landed maybe 4 or 5 solid power shots in the entire fight. The rest of the punches Hughie connected with were jabs, and they weren’t good ones. They were weak jabs. It was a complete lack of aggression from Hughie from start to finish. He didn’t beat Parker. To beat Parker, Hughie would have had to come to fight, and he wanted no part of fighting the New Zealand fighter. You can’t win a world title by being negative for 12 rounds.

“Joseph Parker hit him with some good shots, and he didn’t budge him,” said Peter. “He’s got a chin like a piece of granite. It was a very appalling decision today. He did enough to win the fight. Parker just came for one thing and that was to try and get Hughie out of there, and he failed to do that. You notice at the end of the 12th round that he had his head down,” said Peter about Parker. “He acted like he had lost the fight. Why are we losing a fight in our own backyard? It’s ridiculous. The scores were ridiculous,” said Peter.

It’s back to the old drawing board for the 23-year-old Hughie. I hope he learns from this loss so he doesn’t keep repeating the same mistake in his fights in the future. Hughie has been fighting like this for a long time now. He did the same spoiling tactics in his fights against Fred Kassi and Andriy Rudenko without being given a defeat. He was lucky. Hughie’s luck ran out against Parker when the judges got it right. The way that Hughie fought, I don’t think he’ll ever be good enough to beat any of the top contenders in the heavyweight division.

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