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2018

Exclusive: Peter Fury confirms Hughie v Joe Parker talks, wants April UK clash

Phil Jay 19/01/2017

A massive WBO heavyweight title shot in the UK is being worked on by Team Fury and reigning champion Joseph Parker’s handlers at Duco Events, WBN has been informed.

Trainer Peter Fury is attempting to seal a championship chance for son Hughie against Parker after the Briton was named mandatory challenger by the World Boxing Organisation.

David Haye’s decision to fight Tony Bellew left Hughie in pole position to fight Parker on the back of the New Zealander defeating Andy Ruiz Jr. to claim the coveted belt in December.

Hughie’s cousin Tyson had previously given up the WBO strap when going through personal problems in 2016 and Peter is hopeful the 22 year-old can secure the opportunity to bring the title back to the family.

“We working on the Joseph Parker fight as we speak and will hopefully have news very soon,” Peter exclusively told World Boxing News.

Asked whether a date or venue was in the pipeline, Fury replied: “We are looking at a date in April and trying to make the fight here in the UK, if possible.”

Fury has also been linked to fighting WBC title holder Deontay Wilder in the US around the same time, although Parker remains the favourite to be in the opposite corner for the contender’s 21st pro bout.

The 6ft 6ins fighter has knocked out ten of his twenty foes so far but has been out of action since April due to a skin condition that caused fatigue, and due to the timescale involved, Fury looks unlikely to be given a warm-up contest before his big chance comes.

Any deal could see UK fans given a first-hand view of Parker, who was linked to a unification with Anthony Joshua before the Londoner signed to fight Wladimir Klitschko in London.

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