Hughie Fury fights exhibition following WBO block, gets six round workout in before Joseph Parker

Hughie Fury fought a six-round exhibition at Copper Box Arena on Saturday afternoon after being blocked from competing in a sanctioned bout by the World Boxing Organisation.

Fury is mandatory for Joseph Parker’s WBO heavyweigh title and previously pulled out of a May 6 encounter with the Kiwi in New Zealand.

It had been hoped the 22 year-old’s low-key bout with journeyman Pole Kamil Sokolowski would extend his record to 21-0, although Fury must now wait until trading with Parker to earn his 21st win.

The Parker fight will happen on September 23 in Manchester and finally put an end to almost a year of planning for the contest, which could see Hughie follow cousin Tyson as a world champion.

In a superb fight a short time later, Gary Corcoran defeated Larry Ekundayo via a controversial split decision.

Ekundayo seemed to have done enought to keep his undefeated record intact through the twelve rounds, although it was Corcoran who took the judges decision via scores of 115-113 and 114-113. Ekundayo got the nod with one official 114-113 but to no evail.

Corcoran picks up a fringe version of the WBO welterweight title for his trouble and can expect a considerable rankings boost once the new list is revealed.