Zach Parker Claims British Title
Zach Parker claimed the vacant British Super Middleweight Title, formerly held by Rocky Fielding, with one arm on Saturday evening.
The Swadlincote pugilist took his unbeaten record to 17-0 and claimed opponent Darryl Williams’ ‘0’ in the process.
The 24 year-old started brightly but disaster struck early in the third round as Parker dislocated his left shoulder, meaning he had to box the remainder of the contest with one arm. With Parker hampered, Williams enjoyed success in the middle rounds before a rousing three round finish from the Derbyshire fighter. Parker somehow managed to bite down on his gumshield and work through the pain to outbox and outwork Williams in those latter rounds to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with a performance that oozed both skill and determination.
The judges carded a split decision 117-112 and 115-114 in favour of Parker. A third had it 115-113 to Williams.
“We are delighted for Zach,” explained BCB’s Head of Boxing, Errol Johnson, who works alongside Parker and manager, Neil Marsh. “He showed a tremendous amount of heart to just get through the fight and a tremendous amount of quality to get the decision. His footwork and head movement, with a dislocated shoulder, was world class. Those final three rounds, when we feared Williams would really put it on him; Zach boxed and moved and showed what he is about.
“A lot has been made of the decision and I don’t think enough credit has been given to Zach. It was a close fight and we were delighted to get the win and claim the British Title. Imagine boxing with one arm, and battling through the pain of a dislocated shoulder for the best part of ten rounds? And winning a British Title against an unbeaten fighter? That tells you what Zach is all about.”
Troy James has no qualms about facing unbeaten Darren Surtees at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow this weekend and is confident victory will kick-start a resurgence.
The Coventry star (20-6-1-KO5) takes on Surtees (9-0-KO6) on the World Boxing Super Series card headlined by Josh Taylor vs. Ryan Martin and Ryan Burnett vs. Nonito Donaire – live on DAZN.
Last seen coming close to taking Olympian Luke Campbell the distance after stepping in as a last-minute replacement, James is determined to revive his fortunes north of the border.
James said: “There’s no point taking easy fights. I’m in this game to fight the best. I fought Luke Campbell at 24 hours’ notice last time out and now I’m up against another dangerous fighter in Surtees.
“My goals are still one step at a time. I’m just going out to win this fight and we’ll reevaluate after that.
“I’m used to hostile atmospheres and Surtees isn’t a home fighter so the occasion certainly won’t be an issue. To beat him would put me right back in the mix and I plan on doing just that.
“I want to be busy. I’m happy to be out fighting as regularly as once a month. At the least, I’d fight once every two months if I could.”
Joining James on the big stage are MTK Global team-mates Siar Ozgul (who takes on former world champion Viktor Postol), Kieran Smith, Michael McGurk and Stephen Tiffney.
Watch Taylor vs. Martin and Burnett vs. Donaire live on DAZN on Saturday night.