Joseph Parker took an important step on what he hopes will be a successful road back to world title contention in Manchester on Saturday night.
The former WBO champion was knocked down inside just seven seconds of his main-event heavyweight tussle with Britain’s Derek Chisora at the AO Arena, but recovered to pick up a gruelling split-decision victory.
In tonight’s co-main event, Katie Taylor retained her undisputed lightweight champion status after narrowly overcoming rival Natasha Jonas in an epic rematch of the Olympic quarter-final from London 2012.
Croydon’s Craig Richards could not take Dmitry Bivol’s WBA light-heavyweight title earlier in the evening, while Chris Eubank Jr brushed aside Marcus Morrison and Campbell Hatton - son of British boxing great Ricky - and heavyweight prospect Johnny Fisher both sealed second victories as professionals.
Joseph Parker bt Derek Chisora
Katie Taylor bt Natasha Jonas
Campbell Hatton bt Levi Dunn
Chris Eubank Jr bt Marcus Morrison
Dmitry Bivol bt Craig Richards
Johnny Fisher bt Phil Williams
Jovanni Straffon bt James Tennyson
Scott Fitzgerald bt Gregory Trenel