Hughie Fury: Joseph Parker Fight is "Very Close" To Being Made

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."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mlac on 01-29-2017

[QUOTE=Quiksilva;17389025]Bro are you serious? I anaylzed both fighters on their previous fights, AJ looked well technically better than Parker right now. I'm not saying this as an AJ fan but by observation he has better technical skills than JP.[/QUOTE] hes…

Comment by whatismyname on 01-29-2017

The Furys got balls.. got no problem with him getting hos shot, hopefully winning, and learning on the job..soon he'll have to face Haye anyways

Comment by Quiksilva on 01-29-2017

[QUOTE=mlac;17386754] While you have AJ and Wilder who are both in their late 20's/30 and have both fought weaker opposition, while showing massive flaws, leaky defenses, suspect chin's and a [b]lack of technical skill's[/b].. [/QUOTE] Bro are you serious? I…

Comment by The plunger man on 01-28-2017

[QUOTE=mlac;17386754]Don't judge prospects like they are the finished article, they are both barely out of their teen's and you expect them both to be without fault? While you have AJ and Wilder who are both in their late 20's/30 and…

Comment by joe strong on 01-28-2017

I think both are solid young heavyweights. Parker has a couple of good wins on his resume over Takam & Ruiz. Hughie is only 22 & has had health issues. Wins over Rudenko & Kassi are not too bad at…

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