Hughie Fury fought gamely on Saturday night to prove he belongs in world class but lost out to Joseph Parker in his first world title fight.
The newly-turned 23 year-old seemed to be comfortable for the duration and do enough to take the victory, although two of the three judges saw Parker dominate the contest.
Scores of 118-110 (twice) and 114-114 handed Parker a first WBO championship defense as the New Zealander moves to potentially face the winner of Tony Bellew v David Haye II scheduled to take place on December 17.
After the final bell and decision, Fury’s cousin Tyson was filmed by journalist Sheldon Keay – sitting just in front of WBN, giving British Boxing Board of Control head Robert Smith both barrels.
— Sheldan Keay (@SheldanKeay) September 23, 2017
Smith has been slow in arranging a hearing over a failed drug test for both Fury’s, which Tyson has been unhappy with recently and would have only added to his frustation over Hughie’s loss.
Promoter Mick Hennessy, alongside Tyson at ringside, blasted the reverse as a travesty in the aftermath as Hughie went down to a first career defeat.
“I thought he skated it, it was an absolute masterclass, shades of Ali. It was beautiful boxing in the heavyweight division,” Hennessey told BBC Radio 5 live.
“Parker wasn’t even in the fight, any punches he was throwing were either missing or hitting elbows or hitting gloves, it was very rare he got through with a clean shot. Hughie absolutely skated that fight.
“That is probably one of, if not the worst, decisions I’ve ever seen in my life, it was disgusting, absolutely disgusting.”