No Joseph Parker v Hughie Fury broadcast plans for ITV Box Office
Despite the social media rumor mill going into overdrive regarding the UK TV rights for Joseph Parker v Hughie Fury, WBN can confirm the fight is NOT being shown on ITV Box Office as things currently stand.
Parker v Fury, which takes place on September 23 and has the WBO heavyweight title on the line, is yet to be officially announced on any network on the British Isles with just over three weeks left until fight night.
Peter Fury had stated a deal was forthcoming, although some have already jumped the gun by stating the fight is signed and sealed on the paid format. WBN has been reliably informed this is NOT the case.
The likes of BoxNation, Channel 5 and BT Sport are said to be the frontrunners but ITV have no plans to broadast the fight as of September 1, 2017.
New Zealander Parker puts his WBO belt on the line for the first time since defeating Andy Ruiz Jr. for the vacant strap in December and was originally pencilled in for a home defence on May 6.
Fury pulled out injured late in the day and the contest was then rearranged for Manchester Arena handing the mandatory challenger venue advantage.
A host of fights have been confirmed for the undercard, including lightweight Joe Murray facing off against Matty Fagan.
Peter McDonagh battles Shayne Singleton, whilst British bantamweight champion Josh Wale defends his belt against Don Broadhurst.
Former super welterweight title challenger ‘Jimmy’ Kilrain Kelly is pitted against Stiliyan Kostov for a fringe version of the WBO championship, whilst Lyndon Arthur, Lee Carter, Mickey Ellison, Jack Kilgannon, Craig Bunn and Liam Taylor are all slated for further down the bill.
Undefeated bantamweight and brother of Amir, Haroon Khan is not yet fully confirmed for the card, whilst heavyweight Con Sheehan, trained by Hughie’s father Peter, has been ruled out due to injury.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay