“The Bronze Bomber” lost by unanimous decision to Joseph Parker.
Former world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder was defeated by New Zealander Joseph Parker during a boxing evening that took place on the night of December 24 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The fight ended with a sensational victory for Parker by unanimous decision – 118:111, 118:110, 120:108.
From the opening bell, the New Zealander acted more actively and throughout the fight he delivered more accurate blows than his opponent. Towards the end of the fight, it became clear that Parker was significantly superior to the American on points.
“The Bronze Bomber” could only save this fight with a knockout and was looking for a moment to send Joseph to the canvas. However, this did not happen – Parker did not allow Deontay to hit himself properly and won a landslide victory after 12 rounds.
Let us note that two minor belts were at stake in this fight – WBC International and WBO Inter-Continental in the heavyweight division.
Review of the fight Wilder – Parker
For Parker, this victory was the 34th in his professional career (23 by knockout). He also has three defeats.
Wilder lost for the third time in the professional ring. He suffered two previous defeats from Briton Tyson Fury. The “Bronze Bomber” has 43 victories on his record (42 by knockout).
Interestingly, Parker fought his fourth fight in 2023. He previously defeated Britain's Jack Massey, Australia's Faiga Opela and Canada's Simon Keane.
For Wilder, the fight with Parker was the first this year. Deontay fought his previous fight in October 2022, knocking out Finn Robert Helenius in the first round.
Let us add that Wilder’s defeat from Parker casts doubt on the holding of the fight between the American and Anthony Joshua. It was previously reported that the Joshua-Wilder fight was agreed to be held on March 9, 2024 in Saudi Arabia, but on the condition that both boxers win their fights at the end of 2023.
Let us remind you that in the main fight of the boxing evening in Riyadh, Joshua defeated Swede Otto Wallin by technical knockout .