By Adam Baskin: Joseph Parker was shockingly taken the total 10 spherical distance final Saturday night time by former cruiserweight Jack Massey at AO Enviornment in Manchester, England.
Parker’s efficiency was disappointing as a complete as a result of many of the high heavyweights within the division would have simply overpowered and knocked out the smallish Massey, however he couldn’t do it. What was evident within the battle was Parker’s lack of a killer intuition.
It appeared like Parker was taking it straightforward on Massey in the course of the frequent clinches that the British fighter initiated, permitting the previous cruiserweight to spoil with out clubbing him with point-blank photographs to the pinnacle to make him cease holding.
At this level, Parker ought to dump his coach and go along with somebody new to attempt to assist him save what’s left of his profession as a result of it’s clearly not working with no matter his present coach is doing with him.
The previous WBO heavyweight champion Parker’s lack of ability to cease Massey (20-2, 11 KOs), who was making his debut within the division, confirmed that he’s misplaced one thing from his recreation that he gained’t get again.
Parker (31-3, 21 KOs) defeated Massey by the scores of 96-93, 97-92, and 97-93. These scores confirmed that the battle was rather a lot nearer than you’d have appreciated to have seen from Parker, who appeared pale within the second half of the battle and misplaced the aggressiveness that he’d proven early on.
The best way Parker fought, he would have misplaced to most of the high 10 within the division and sure even to cruiserweight like Lawrence Okolie, Mairis Briedis, Richard Riakporhe, and Jai Opetaia.
Parker is clearly not going to retire as a result of he’s nonetheless being profitable as an undercard fighter, nevertheless it’s truthful to say that his days as a headliner are over until he magically turns issues round.
If Parker goes to rejuvenate his sinking profession, he’s going to wish to focus on combating higher opposition as a result of dealing with unknown guys like Massey is a waste of his time. Parker isn’t going to enhance as a fighter dealing with weaker opposition to pad his report as a result of he’s been within the recreation too lengthy to be combating these sorts of ham & eggers.
As a cruiserweight, Massey was a good fighter, narrowly dropping a 12 spherical unanimous resolution to Richard Riakporhe. Nonetheless, Massey didn’t present the sort of capability that was wanted for him to seize a world title in that weight class.