Some boxing fans think Zhilei Zhang was 'robbed' after losing to Joseph Parker in Saudi Arabia

Some boxing fans think Zhilei Zhang was 'robbed' after losing to Joseph Parker in Saudi Arabia

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 09/03/2024

- 00:25

People have been discussing the bout on social media

Some boxing fans on social media have claimed Zhilei Zhang was 'robbed' after he lost to Joseph Parker on Friday night.

The Chinese star was able to knock his opponent down in the third and eighth round of the bout, which took place on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's fight with Francis Ngannou.

Yet Zhang ended up losing via majority decision, having struggled during the final rounds of the contest.

As the scores were read out, Zhang was visibly furious. He had previously gone to his corner convinced he'd done enough to come out on top.

Zhilei Zhang Joseph Parker

Zhilei Zhang lost to Joseph Parker in Saudi Arabia on Friday night


And many boxing fans were unhappy with the scores, with some believing that Zhang was the worthy winner.

"Zhang robbed," said one X user.

"Zhang got robbed. Parker held it up but Zhang 2 knockouts should've been enough. Rematch should be light tho," fumed a second.

A third stated: "Zhilei Zhang so blatantly won. How can he get robbed like that."

A fourth weighed in by saying: "Those scorecards are everything that’s killing boxing. 115-111 is ridiculous.

"Parker slowly clawed his way back in but he never won that imo. Zhang robbed."

A fifth raged: "He didn't deserve it... Zhang knocked him down several times."

And a sixth said: "No way."

Others weren't so sure, however, with some fans arguing that the judges reached the right outcome.

"#Parker dominated the fight throughout and despite being dropped twice, fully deserved his victory," stated one supporter.

A second said: "Parker deserved it yes but Zhang not at his best, rematch all to play for."

Another opined: "Good scores. Parker deserved to win that.

"Zhang was poor aside from the knockdowns. Barely threw any punches and allowed Parker to outwork him to win those rounds.

"An incredible career resurgence for Parker who has surely put himself in the mix for some big money fights."

A fourth said: "Judges behaved themselves this time Parker with the win deserved I think."

And a fifth defended the judges by saying: "JOE PARKER!!! Well deserved. Outworked him. Survived the hammers.


Zhilei Zhang Joseph Parker

Zhilei Zhang knocked Joseph Parker down twice before losing the fight in Riyadh


"Another big win!!"

Parker has taken the WBO interim heavyweight title and was joined by his entourage, including close friend Tyson Fury.

The Kiwi thanked his team for their support after winning for the fifth fight in a row.

"Thank you to my team. This is a great win," he said.

"I feel like we're on the up now.

Joseph Parker

Joseph Parker was delighted after beating Zhilei Zhang in Saudi Arabia


"Zhang is a tough man, he knocked me down twice. I'm very happy and go home and celebrate.

"Hard work, hard work. After the defeat to Joe Joyce and the win over Jack Massey, I still wasn't happy with my performance. Now, look where we are.

"We are contracted to have a rematch so we will do it again."

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