'They're disgusting, they need to be struck off!'

Supporters of British boxer Hughie Fury have reacted with outrage to his majority-decision loss to Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker.

Fury camp furious as Parker retains WBO title

Fury camp furious as Parker retains WBO title

The reigning WBO champion, in his first fight on British soil, retained his belt for a second time on Sunday (NZT) against an awkward, elusive Fury.

It was hardly vintage stuff from Parker, who failed to secure a statement victory, but his aggression and positivity got him over the line.

Fury, meanwhile, spent most of the fight dancing around Parker on the edge of the ring and only sporadically looking to land punches.

Two judges - including Briton Terry O'Connor - awarded Parker a 118-110 triumph, while the third judge awarded a 114-114 tie.

Parker celebrates. Pic: Getty

The decision outraged Fury's promoter Mick Hennessy, who said he'd look to appeal the verdict, as well as Fury's ex-champion cousin Tyson.

Hennessy made the far-fetched claim that Fury's performance was close to those of Muhammad Ali, one of the finest boxers in history.

"I thought it was an absolute masterclass, shades of Ali - Parker wasn't even in the fight," Hennessy told BBC Radio.

"One of the worst decisions I've ever seen."

Watch Parker shake his head at the judges' scores before realising he won:

Following the final bell, the Fury camp rushed into the ring, lifting their fighter into the air and celebrating in expectant glory.

However, it wasn't to be - infuriating Tyson, who remonstrated with boxing officials for several minutes afterwards.

British media reports suggested Tyson, a former WBO heavyweight champion, cussed at Parker as he was exiting the ring and lamented the result.

It was Hughie Fury's first professional defeat, in 21 fights.

"I don't think he won the fight at all," Hughie said post-bout.

Watch Joseph Parker's reaction to the controversy:


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