Exclusive: Peter Fury opens up on Hughie fight collapse, rubbishes Team Parker claims

Joe Hewlett 07/05/2017


Joseph Parker defeated Razvan Cojanu to retain the WBO crown in his first defence as he produced an underwhelming points victory in Auckland.

The New Zealander was expected to take on Hughie Fury before the Brit was ruled out of the fight due a back injury.

Father and trainer, Peter, expects the fight to be rescheduled.

“I’m fully expecting Hughie to be held as the mandatory challenger, it was a genuine injury. The WBO received all the reports of the injury so we’ve only asked for a postponement so I fully expect no change,” Fury exclusively told World Boxing News this weekend.

“Hughie will face parker whether it’ll be sooner or later. I don’t expect his position to change (in the WBO rankings).”

The pull-out came just three weeks outside of the fight which sparked a huge backlash from team Parker.

David Higgins, promoter of the Kiwi, insisted that Hughie and Team Fury never wanted the fight, but Peter rubbished his claims.

“He’s had an injury end of. They have said a lot of things but I’m not going to go into all of the cr*p and dribble that they speak but what I will say is, it shows they are brand new to boxing and are very inexperienced.

“When they came over to London and met everybody they looked like they were starstruck speaking to people like they were on some kind of holiday trip. No disrespect to Parker, but all I will say about their team is they haven’t shaped up at all. I’m not going to go into detail on why not but let them carry on running their mouth off with whatever they’re saying.

Fury who masterminded his nephew, Tyson, to glory over Wladimir Klitschko, continued to dismiss the trash talk spoken upon by Team Parker as he admitted he was out of pocket from the pull-out.

“The main thing is Hughie is mandatory positon and all that crying and all that shouting is going to be in vain. Once Hughie shows up and gives him the hardest fight of his whole career, then there’ll be some silver faces and that’s all I’m interested in.

“No one is avoiding Parker or avoiding going over to New Zealand. I spent over £30,000 on trying to get there with my visa being sorted, flights and the rest. It’s all bullsh*t.”

“I think they are trying to cause a little bit of controversy and build it up as much as possible as I heard there isn’t much interest for the fight over and wasn’t selling well. What they need to do is to promote it without all that rubbish,” he added.

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