Exclusive: Fury undaunted by Parker New Zealand test, thanks Ferguson for letter of support

Joe Hewlett 06/04/2017

Hughie Fury has issued a warning to Joseph Parker insisting that he will be taking the WBO world championship back to the UK next month.

Parker, 25, became the first heavyweight champion from New Zealand when he edged out Mexican, Andy Ruiz Jr on points to win the vacated title. Both Fury and Parker will both be putting their undefeated records at stake on May 6 in Auckland.

The 22-year-old isn’t bothered about the venue of the fight with only one thing on his mind, becoming the heavyweight champion of the world.

“It doesn’t matter where any fight takes place because it will always be the same outcome, with myself victorious. I am looking forward to stepping in the ring and doing a job on him,” Fury exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I can’t wait to bring the belt back to the UK. I’m in great shape ahead of the fight next month and am currently around 17 stone now and will be the heaviest I’ve ever been going into the fight.

“I respect Joseph Parker because he is one the best heavyweights in the world, he’s a hungry fighter who has fast hands – he’s certainly no mug. He has good quality and he did what he had to do against Ruiz, who is also a very good fighter.”

Fury has a new fan going into his world title challenge with Sir Alex Ferguson sending a letter of support to the heavyweight.

Hughie admitted he was surprised and humbled when he received the letter from the former Manchester United boss. Fury, a lifelong fan of the club, was sent a letter with the Scot wishing him all the best going into his clash with Parker.

“I opened a letter from the man himself, wishing me all the best and gave me some brilliant advice on how to handle the occasion and everything,” he said.

“I was shocked when I read it, I was thinking where has this came from? It’s crazy. There were some great words from him and I was amazed to have received such a letter from a man who is the ultimate legend of football. It was an honour to have been given the letter as I am a lifelong support of Manchester United.

“I thank him very much as it will help give me the extra bit of motivation knowing that someone of his magnitude has spoken very highly about myself.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95