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Deontay Wilder vs. Joseph Parker: Live updates, round-by-round scoring, results

We break down pre-fight odds, provide round-by-round analysis, and get you the eventual result for Deontay Wilder-Joseph Parker.

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A huge boxing card to end the year will feature former WBC heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder facing off against previous WBO champion Joseph Parker. The bout takes place on Saturday, December 23 live from Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The full card will be available on DAZN, with coverage starting at 11 a.m. ET.

Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs) returns to the ring after a first-round KO win over Robert Helenius on October 15, 2022. The ‘Bronze Bomber’ made 10 straight defenses of the WBC title from 2015-2020 before suffering his first loss to Tyson Fury. Wilder has been a staple in the heavyweight division for nearly a decade and is looking to get back into the world title conversation.

Parker (33-3, 23 KOs) is coming off a third-round KO win against Simon Kean in which he earned the IBF and WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight titles. The 31-year-old previously won the WBO title after defeating Derek Chisora by split decision in May 2021. He later would lose the belt to Joe Joyce in September 2022. Parker seems to squander against top notch opponents and will look to shake this trend.

Wilder comes into the bout as the favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. He is a -650 favorite while Parker is a +450 underdog.

Update 5:00 p.m. ET The fighters are in the ring, and we’re about to be underway from Saudi Arabia!

Deontay Wilder vs. Joseph Parker round-by-round results

Round 1: 10-9 Parker

As boring a round as you can imagine, with Wilder circling on the outside while Parker could have nailed his foot to the center of the ring and been fine. Parker landed the only punch of consequence, a right hand that barely interrupted Wilder’s movement.

Round 2: 10-9 Wilder

Some groans from the crowd as Parker continued to hold the center, but his attempts to get inside the 7-inch reach advantage of his opponent proved unsuccessful. Wilder landed a couple of clean lefts, so he wins the round.

Round 3: 10-9 Parker

A pair of jabs against the ropes from Parker was the most action, and enough to win the round. If Wilder has a plan, it might be time to let the hands fly here. This has been a very cautious affair to this point.

Round 4: 10-9 Parker

Some good work from both fighters as it settles in a bit. Parker is looking to get inside and is landing the first shot when he does, but Wilder is getting the best of it on the way out of the exchange. However Parker gets the best of it from an unreturned late left that tilts the round.

Round 5: 10-9 Parker

Wilder just isn’t doing anything, and his activity is very, very low. Parker isn’t dominating, but he’s grinding out these wins every round with just 1-2 more punches landed and a bit more work overall. Wilder needs to do something here and soon.

Round 6: 10-9 Wilder

The Bronze Bomber decides to fight, and starts to let his hands go with some big swings including right hands. Parker continues to go forward where he can, and while he’s scoring he’s not hurting his opponent. If Wilder can start to come in behind a jab and then power punch off of it, he can certainly get the KO still.

Round 7: 10-9 Parker

Parker continues to get inside and while he’s not doing huge damage, he’s absolutely tagging Wilder who is flailing while trying to hit a grand slam with nobody on base every punch.

Round 8: 10-9 Parker

A phenomenal round from Parker! He lands an overhand right in the corner that stunned Wilder with one minute to go, and followed up with multiple combinations. He was just one more shot from finishing it, but Wilder stayed out of the way while swinging at air himself. If it’s more of this, we’ll have an upset.

Round 9: 10-9 Parker

More of the same from Parker, as Wilder continues to look like a statue whenever the fighters engage. It all appears to be an effort to find a one-punch victory, but Parker has done a terrific job of scoring while not running into a right hand from Wilder.

Round 10: 10-9 Parker

We are six minutes from Deontay Wilder no longer being a contender for a world championship. It’s been all Parker, while Wilder’s lack of activity, jabs, feints, and head movement is simply bewildering. Can he finally land the KO shot he needs?

Round 11: 10-9 Parker

More overhand rights from Parker that aren’t massive but score, and a continued lack of activity from Wilder. He’s got 180 seconds remaining to find the KO punch he needs to keep his career as a title contender.

Round 12: 10-9 Wilder

We’ll give Wilder the last round as he finally had more activity, but it wasn’t nearly enough to put the outcome in doubt. Just a stunner as a result, and what is more puzzling is Wilder putting his fist up after the bout thinking he won the fight? Simply bizarre.

Our card: Parker wins 117-111
Judges cards: Parker wins 118-111 118-110 120-108