Deontay Wilder v Hughie Fury unlikely, Peter Fury likes Shannon Briggs fight

Phil Jay 04/08/2015

Peter Fury has confirmed to WBN that an unexpected offer to face WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in September landed on the lap of undefeated son Hughie this week.

The uncle of current world title challenger Tyson Fury also stated to WBN that the fight would be accepted if Wilder’s team gave Hughie at least an eight-week camp for the fight, although Peter is already looking at more realistic opponents for the Klitschko undercard.

Hughie, 20, is pencilled in to feature on cousin Tyson’s four-belt challenge against the world’s best heavyweight on October 24 and Peter says an encounter for his son against former WBO champion Shannon Briggs is definitely one of interest.

“Shannon Briggs v Hughie on the Tyson v Klitschko bill is massive,” said Peter. “Especially for Briggs as he wants to get his dream fight with Klitschko. He’ll get the exposure he needs and it’s a fight we like.”

Veteran Briggs has won his last seven straight since returning to the sport from a self-imposed three and a half year absence and currently possesses the record for first round knockouts having stopped six of those opponents in the opening session to take his tally to 35.

The 43 year-old has long called on Wladimir to meet him in a revenge mission following his one-sided loss to brother Vitali in 2010, although the younger sibling has so far rebuffed the American’s advance despite several very public call-outs.

Briggs has thrown food and shoes at Wladimir in the past and followed him from fight-to-fight in his bid to be granted an opportunity – things that could go against the big punching ‘Cannon’ when being weighed up by event organisers K2.