Peter Fury reveals the latest to reject Hughie, talks future Joshua clash
Hughie Fury’s trainer and father Peter has handed the opportunity of a big heavyweight bout on the pay-per-view undercard featuring nephew Tyson against former world champion David Haye to another ranked fighter this week.
Andrzej Wawrzyk, who was recently stopped in three rounds by WBA title holder Alexander Povetkin in Russia, is the latest to spurn the fight against prospect Hughie, 18, hot on the heels of former Klitschko opponent Tony Thompson doing likewise.
25 year-old Wawrzyk, who took an impressive 27-fight unbeaten record into his first challenge for a world crown, was soundly beaten by a focused Povetkin in his home country and is now contemplating a return, which according to Peter won’t be against his 8-0 son in the autumn.
“We have offered Andrzej Wawrzyk the chance to fight Hughie on September 28, but he has turned us down,” Fury exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Wawrzyk would have been another step-up as he only just lost to Povektin for a world title, but he turned down the fight and we will keep on looking.”
With Olympic champion Anthony Joshua today being named as the latest Team GB star to turn pro, it is inevitable that the two former amateur champions will be linked to a possible clash in the near future, although Fury put any talk on the back-burner until the 23 year-old was in a world title position himself and Hughie was potentially defending a belt.
“Joshua is a good fighter and I am sure he will go far in the sport,” predicted Fury. “But when he turns pro in October Hughie will have massively stepped up. So much so we are offering these chances to the likes of Thompson and Wawrzyk.
“Hughie will be 12 fights in at least by Joshua’s debut and will have proven himself already. A fight with Joshua in the future of course is an option, but I’d rather both of them fight for titles against fighter’s from other countries rather than themselves and maybe fight for a world title against each other one day.
“Right now, are targets for Hughie are to step up and you can see we are doing just that,” he added.