Joseph Parker is the New WBO Heavyweight Champion!

Joseph Parker punches Zhilei Zhang during the WBO Interim World Heavyweight title fight Photo credit: Getty Images

Lupesoliai Laaulialemalietoa Joseph Parker has won the WBO interim heavyweight title, beating China’s Zhilei Zhang by majority decision in Saudi Arabia, despite being knocked down twice during the fight.

Parker was far more active and accurate than his opponent throughout the fight, with the three judges scoring the bout 113-113, 114-112 and 115-111 both in favour of Parker.

Joseph Parker says hard work has been key to his success after beating Zhilei Zhang via majority decision.

The win takes Parker to a record of 35-3 and hands Zhang just his second career defeat.

Due to a one-way rematch clause set before the fight, the pair will likely have to meet again before Parker can fight another opponent.

Parker, with a badly cut nose, was floored in the third round but dusted himself off and came back for the win.

Asked about his comeback Lupesoliai said it was all hard work, hard work and hard work.