Deontay Wilder vs Joseph Parker full card results as Bronze Bomber falters with Joshua looming

Time caught up with Deontay Wilder as Joseph Parker sensationally ripped up the script to score a huge upset victory in Riyadh.

Wilder and long-time rival Anthony Joshua stood atop the gargantuan “Day of Reckoning” card in Saudi Arabia, with the intention that both would win to set up a blockbuster showdown in March.

However, not for the first time in their careers, a Wilder vs. Joshua fight lies in tatters and might have passed us by for good.

Parker, coached in exemplary fashion by Tyson Fury’s cousin and assistant trainer Andy Lee, dominated throughout — something that was reflected in scorecards of 118-111, 118-110 and a 120-108 shutout — and might even have secured a stoppage as he battered Wilder towards the end of round eight.

It makes the 31-year-old the only man other than Fury to have beaten Wilder in his 46-fight career, with the 38-year-old’s timing and previously ice-cold ability to set up a shot badly lacking after boxing once between October 2021 and tonight. 

The price he pays for such squandered time is that the next time he laces gloves, it will lack much of tonight’s significance.

By contrast, Parker can rebuild for a remarkable final act and is back closer to the summit than he has been at any time since dropping his WBO belt to Joshua in March 2018, back when AJ and Wilder were undefeated, unblemished and in possession of all four major heavyweight belts. Father Time never hangs around.

A pensive, cagey opener was pinched by a long Parker right and a solitary clean left jab, on account of nothing else of note happening.

The New Zealander jabbed effectively to the body in the second and Lee called for more of the same as the scoring continued to take place in a binary fashion.

Parker got closer in round three, with Wilder initially happy to simply tie him up before some fleeting success on the inside, although a solid double jab from the former WBO champ ended the exchange.

Things heated up momentarily in the next session, with both men landing rights up close before grappling. The rounds were slipping by and all to Parker.

By the sixth, Wilder introduced some urgency to his work. His eyes lit up when Parker retreated to the ropes, but a sledgehammer right was off target. By contrast, his opponent’s right to the midsection before the bell was one of the best-picked shots of the contest.

Wilder grazed Parker’s skull as he threw a right with bad intentions in the seventh, an ominous sign that he was getting closer. Once again, Parker landed solidly, causing his foe to stumble backwards.

The danger, as always when facing Wilder, is an opponent up on the cards getting too confident. In round eight, Parker was caught and briefly looked to be hurt. But a ring-rusty Wilder couldn’t sustain the attack and found himself staggered and under heavy leather, seeking refuge by the ring post as Parker chased a jaw-dropping finish.

Wilder’s best-laid plans were falling apart and he looked to measure Parker onto the right hand to no avail, shipping another left hook for his troubles. In round 10, he sought to rush Parker. The Bronze Bomber’s increased activity might have taken the session, but a solid overhand right extended Parker’s vast advantage in terms of power punches landed.

They exchanged rights in the penultimate three minutes, with Wilder unable to set himself to do sufficient damage and again looking troubled by what came back.

In the final round, Wilder threw expected caution to the wind, raging against the dying of the light, still open to a novice-like degree to Parker’s overhand rights. Mercifully there was no robbery on the scorecards as Parker got just reward for a nerveless, disciplined display from which the aftershocks will be considerable.

Joseph Parker and Deontay Wilder

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Deontay Wilder vs. Joseph Parker: Day of Reckoning full card results

  • Anthony Joshua def. Otto Wallin (TKO 6/12) 
  • Joseph Parker def. Deontay Wilder (UD 12)
  • Dmitry Bivol def. Lyndon Arthur (UD 12) to retain the WBA light heavyweight title
  • Daniel Dubois def. Jarrell Miller (TKO 10/10)
  • Agit Kabayel def. Arslanbek Makhmudov (TKO 4/10)
  • Jai Opetaia def. Ellis Zorro (KO 1/12) to retain The Ring cruiserweight title
  • Filip Hrgovic def. Mark De Mori (TKO 1/10)
  • Frank Sanchez def. Junior Fa (TKO 7/10)

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