Joseph Parker wins unanimous points decision against Derek Chisora in gruelling heavyweight bout

After winning via split points in their first clash, Parker left little room for doubt in the rematch, with Chisora facing the count three times before losing out to a unanimous decision.

Parker reignited his chances for a second tilt at a world title on Saturday night, beating Derek Chisora in Manchester via a unanimous points decision.

The pair first clashed back in May, with the decision splitting the judges but siding with Parker, but this time around the 29-year-old New Zealander was far more dominant.

Chisora first faced a count in the fourth round, after he only stayed upright thanks to the ropes. But the Briton was troubled again in the seventh and eight rounds, when Parker's vicious uppercuts knocked him down.

However, the 37-year-old Chisora battled back from the setbacks to stay in the fight and see the final bell. Unsurprisingly, it was Parker who got the nod from the judges, although scores of 115-110, 115-111 and 114-112 were perhaps more closer than expected.

Parker's win extended his record to 30 wins from 32 fights, while Chisora's loss signalled his 12th in 44 fights. After the event, Parker paid respect to his opponent, while also encouraging him to retire, "What a fight. Derek brings it from the first round all the way to the 12th.

"Personally I would love to see him walk away. He's given boxing everything he has and honestly he's a credit to the sport.

"He keeps coming at you, it's crazy when he's in fights. I'd love to see him walk away but that's his decision."

The pair's second meeting was just as dramatic as the first, but Parker this time learned to avoid Chisora's early power. In their first meeting, an early overhand right within the first 10 seconds wobbled the New Zealander before he recovered to finish the stronger fighter.

This time it was Parker who troubled early on, with his uppercuts proving to be a useful weapon all night. After absorbing a few early on, another in the fourth round finally sent Chisora staggering, although he was kept up by the ropes.

Despite facing a count, Chisora battled back in the fifth and the sixth and had short glimpses of success, mostly when barraging Parker's body. But, another uppercut from the former WBO Champion in the seventh round knocked Chisora to the canvas, before he again fell in the eighth - again to another of Parker's uppercuts.

Chisora's body shots slowed his opponent in the final rounds, with the ageing Chisora finishing as the fresher of the two fighters, but the two knockdowns proved to be the difference when it headed to the judges.

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