By Edward Chaykovsky
Heavyweight contender Hughie Fury is inching closer to a deal for his mandatory world title shot against WBO champion Joseph Parker.
22-year-old Fury, the cousin of former WBA, IBO, WBO and IBF champion Tyson Fury - is very confident of bring back the world titles to his family.
Tyson vacated the titles last year after being plagued with mental health issues and problems with substance abuse.
The fight between Fury and Parker is being negotiated, and there is little time remaining to reach a deal with the purse bid taking place on February 1. Parker's team is motivated to win the purse bid, if it comes to that, and bring Fury to New Zealand.
"I'm in the mandatory position now with the WBO and Joseph Parker is my target," Fury told Sky Sports. "The fight is now very close to being made. It now looks like it's going to happen and hopefully we can get it confirmed in the next few days.
"Don't get me wrong Joseph Parker is a good fighter but I've had the experience over the years both in fights and in sparring and I am now ready for these types of fights. I've been in the right environment from a young age and I've been sparring with professionals since I was 15. I've had that experience with some of the best fighters out there. That's all in the bank and I'm going to make sure I take that title home with me."
Hughie won a gold medal in an England vest at the Youth World Championships in 2012, but father and trainer Peter Fury, says the best is yet to come from his son.
Father and head trainer Peter Fury is expected a very tough for his son.
"This is a majorly exciting time for Hughie," Peter said. "I don't see why this fight won't happen, but nothing is done until it's done and anything can happen, but we're confident it will get over the line. It will be a very difficult fight because Joseph Parker is a very good heavyweight. He's a world champion and all world champions take a lot of beating.
"He's young, he's hungry, he's got fast hands and he can punch. He ticks all the boxes and he deserves to be where he is. But Hughie is an exceptional talent and he's still only 22 years of age. He was very good as an amateur he's had a good learning curve. People have not really seen the best of Hughie Fury and I believe this is his time. It's going to be a very interesting fight but he has every chance of lifting that world title."