Trainer Peter Fury has informed WBN his son Hughie’s upcoming outing on December 10 could be a final eliminator for the WBO heavyweight title.
Hughie announced his return on social media last week for the same night David Haye makes his own return, leading to instant speculation the pair could meet. Peter moved to deny rumours immediately as undefeated Hughie awaits news from the WBO stemming from his ranking.
The 22 year-old is currently rated number four with the WBO, whilst Haye is at three, meaning either fighter’s contests on the date in question could be sanctioned as an eliminator for the number one spot.
New Zealander Joseph Parker currently occupies that position at the moment but is in line to meet third-placed American Andy Ruiz Jr. for the championship recently vacated by Hughie’s cousin Tyson Fury.
“It depends on who the organisations are going to put forward (Hughie or Haye) because I think Hughie is only a couple of fights away from a world title shot,” Fury exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Hughie is definitely going to get a world title shot in 2017, so we’ve just got to wait and see what the promoters and governing bodies say about who they want Hughie to fight next.
“I believe it could be a final eliminator as Hughie is right up there but it depends what the governing bodies do but it is likely December 10 could be some sort of eliminator for a world title.”
On Hughie possibly facing the winner of Parker v Ruiz for the WBO strap in 2017, Fury added: “Yes, the winner of Joseph Parker v Andy Ruiz for Hughie next year, that’s what I see happening.”
The Fury’s have had something of a turbulent relationship with the governing bodies of late due to the furore surrounding Tyson, although Peter moved to state his relationship with most of the organisations is currently stable.
“I’ve got no problem with the boxing governing bodies,” he explained.
“I’m obviously not happy with the IBF after what they did to Tyson. I don’t think they treated us fairly whatsoever but the rest of the governing bodies I’ve got no problem with them at all.”