Joseph Parker vs Andy Ruiz Jr. - Dec. 2016 - WBO World Heavyweight Championship
The WBO World Heavyweight ChampionshipJoseph Parker Hometown : Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. (birth place : Auckland, New Zealand)(Age 24 Fights 21 Won 21 KO 18 Lost 0 Drawn 0 NC 0 )Weigh 246.7 LBS / 112 KG / 17.62 StonevsAndy Ruiz Jr "The Destroyer"Hometown : Imperial, California, U.S.(Age 27 Fights 29 Won 29 KO 19 Lost 0 Drawn 0 NC 0 )Weigh 255.7 LBS / 116 KG / 18.26 StoneDec. 10 2016Auckland, New Zealand MD 12Referee - Tony Weeks - Las Vegas,USAJudges : Ramon Cerdan - Argentina 115-113 ParkerSalven Lagumbay - Philippines 114-114Ingo Barrabas - Germany 115-113 ParkerParker won the contest by a majority decision., with two judges scoring it 115–113 and the other 114–114. The fight was considered to be one of the most anticipated sporting events in New Zealand and Mexico history, as there had never been a New Zealander nor Mexican world heavyweight champion.A lot of criticism surfaced, believing Parker lost the fight after his encounter with Ruiz. Parker's promoters were disappointed on what they heard, coming out saying some of the most vocal critics have been bitter towards Parker's success from early in his career. Duco's David Higgins said the criticism was crap, and that the public deserved to be told the full story. Some, most notably New Zealand Professional Boxing Association president Lance Revill, described the majority decision by the WBO-appointed independent judges as bullshit, with Revill adding he was embarrassed to be a New Zealander after watching the fight. Rather than score the fight close, Revill had it 118–111 to Ruiz. Most experts ruled it a close Parker win or a draw.