Joseph Parker has shocked the world by defeating Deontay Wilder at “The Day of Reckoning” in Riyadh. Parker dominated the fight by all accounts, eating Wilder’s best shots and visibly hurting “The Bronze Bomber” on multiple occasions.
Parker, the considerable underdog entering the matchup, kept Wilder on the back foot for most of the fight. It was clear early on that Parker was searching for a huge overhand right, as the Kiwi invested heavily in his foe’s body. His investment paid off in round eight when Parker clubbed Wilder with a colossal overhand which had the American visibly shaken.
Parker’s victory marks the second upset of the night after Agit Kabayel finished Arslanbek Makhmudov on the prelims. “I’m back,” Parker exclaimed in his post-fight interview. The New Zealand native explained that he was ready for anything in the future.
Wilder declared that he’d make no excuses for this loss, “We’ll live to see another day, and that’s what it’s all about.”
As for a potential Anthony Joshua vs. Wilder matchup, fight fans must wait and see whether “AJ” overcomes a stiff test in Otto Wallin later tonight.
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