Joseph Parker set to launch appeal Dillian Whyte decision over second round headbutt that was scored as knockdown

The Kiwi was defeated on points at The O2 on Saturday in an explosive heavyweight showdown with the Body Snatcher.


But Parker is unhappy about that a headbutt that floored him was scored as a knockdown that led to Whyte winning the round 10-8.

And the 26-year-old former WBO champion’s promotional team have revealed he will appeal the decision due to it affecting the outcome of the fight.

A Duco Boxing spokesman said: “It's clear that the clash of heads in the second round had a significant impact on the fight – both in terms of the scorecards and Joseph's performance in the middle rounds.

“In light of what is clear evidence of a significant error by the officials, there is a legitimate question as to whether the result should stand.



“That's a question Duco will be asking the sanctioning bodies on Joseph's behalf.”

They argue that if Parker had been given the round 10-9 instead of losing it 8-10 by way of "knockdown" then the final result of the fight would have been a draw.


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Normally a clash of heads of that nature would result in the victim being awarded a five-minute recovery period.

The fight was refereed by experienced British veteran Ian John-Lewis.

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