John McDermott v Hughie Fury: Purse bids set for English title bout
Despite not having defended the title for two and a half years, English champion John McDermott is in line to face Hughie Fury in the near future following the British Board’s decision to call purse bids for the contest.
McDermott, 35, won the vacant title against veteran slugger Matt Skelton way back in March 2013 via a unanimous points verdict to begin a second reign as belt holder, but is yet to step back in the ring and defend the strap.
The British Boxing Board of Control have now moved to push both sides for an agreement on the fight and have set a deadline of October 14 for McDermott and Fury to negotiate a potential domestic battle.
Fury is currently lined up to fight on the undercard of cousin Tyson’s world heavyweight title tilt against the formidable Wladimir Klitschko in , Dusseldorf, Germany on October 24 and it may well be the case that the 20 year-old will decide to pursue a fight with the inactive McDermott.
The undefeated prospect, who has stopped eight of 16 opponents so far, had ambitions to be fighting for a world title by 2016 when launching his career in 2013, although injuries have played a part in delaying Fury’s progress to the top.
Editor’s note: Since WBN’s announcement, Peter Fury has stated that he will accept the fight for his son.