Kiwi heavyweight slammed after lacklustre title defence

Joseph Parker lands a jab on Razvan Cojanu.
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Joseph Parker lands a jab on Razvan Cojanu. Source: Getty Images

BOXING: Hughie Fury led a chorus of criticism of Joseph Parker's lacklustre defence of his WBO world heavyweight title against Razvan Cojanu.

Fury, the brother of embattle former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, described the New Zealander's display against a "useless opponent" as "poor" and bragged that he would easily take his title if and when the two finally square off.

Fury retains mandatory rights to fight Parker next after withdrawing from of Saturday night's fight in Manukau due to a back injury.

Fury's fill-in, Cojanu, went the distance with his sparring partner.

"Parker, to me, didn't look like he knew what to do with Cojanu after a few rounds when he couldn't land his big shots and he wasn't breaking him down," Fury told Boxing Scene.

"He made very hard work of it and against a former sparring partner who you'd think he'd know inside out and be able to take out, but he struggled and looked poor."

"Conjanu was useless and you could see he just wanted to survive in there, he didn't show any ambition to win and was in there to just to make it to the end of the fight,"

"My opinion of my chances against Parker hasn't changed after watching that. I said before I'll knock him out and that remains the same, but now I know I'll knock him out and take the WBO world title from him."

Parker's fight generated plenty of interest in England, where he is seen as a potential challenger to 27-year-old Anthony Joshua who holds the IBF, WBA and IBO belts.

Dillian Whyte, the WBO's eighth-ranked fighter, said he believed he would "knock him out" if given the chance.

"Joseph Parker is a big fish in a small pond. He has said he wants to come to the UK and make a name for himself so I think I'm the perfect fight for him."

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