Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/23/17
Fury vs. Parker
Boxing: Saturday, September 23, 2017 (Vector Arena)
The Line: Parker -175 / Fury +137 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury fight Saturday at the Vector Arena for the WBO World heavyweight title.
Joseph Parker enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 18 knockouts. This will be Parker’s sixth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over Andy Ruiz Jr. Parker remains out to prove he’s the best heavyweight in the world, as his workload remains extremely consistent and his competition has improved as well. Parker is already a household name at just 25 years old and will be defending his new belt for the first time. Parker is a rangy boxer with a 76 inch reach and has won nine of his last 11 fights by knockout. Parker isn’t that difficult to counter, which is one of his main weakness, but considering he survived bouts against Ruiz and Carlos Takam, he’s shown he has a really solid chin at this stage. Parker has fought much of his career in New Zealand, his birthplace.
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Hughie Fury enters this fight with a 20-0 record that includes 10 knockouts. This will be Monaghan’s third fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Fred Kassi. Fury will be fighting for the first time in a year, and this is easily the biggest fight of his career at 22 years old. Fury has fought some decent guys in the past, however, with his best win probably coming in 2015 against Andriy Rudenko. Fury is a massive fighter who stands in at 6’6” and moves quite well for a guy his size. Fury also has knockout power, but only three of his last seven fights have ended in stoppage. The concern with Fury is there’s still questions with his chin, as he has yet to truly be tested against an above-average fighter. This will be Fury’s first fight in New Zealand.
Another quality fight in 2017 in what has been a fun year already for boxing fans. Two young, undefeated and promising heavyweights who have the ability to be the faces of this division sooner than later. When it’s all said and done, however, Parker is the better boxer of the two and is far more battle tested. Parker is on the fast track to becoming a star in this sport and has been working on it consistently by fighting no less than three times a year. He’s passed nearly each test with flying colors and has displayed vicious punching power. Fury hasn’t faced the competition Parker has up to this point, and he’ll be making a rare appearance outside of the UK where he won’t be the crowd favorite this time around. Not to mention Fury has had trouble finishing his opponents, as his knockout percentage is an underwhelming 50 percent.
I like Parker to keep his belt and be the fighter to remain unbeaten.