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Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury Lands at Vector Arena on May 6

New Zealand's Joseph Parker will defend his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) heavyweight title against Britain's Hughie Fury at the Vector Arena in Auckland on May 6, his promoters said on Wednesday.

It will be Parker's first defence of the belt he won in December after it was vacated by Tyson Fury, Hughie's cousin.

"Joseph loves fighting at home in front of his Kiwi fans so we really wanted to give him that opportunity against a truly dangerous, gifted young opponent in Hughie Fury," Parker's Duco Events promoter David Higgins said.

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Both young fighters are undefeated, with 25-year-old Parker boasting a 22-0 record, 18 by knockout, and Fury, 22, at 20-0, with 10 knockouts.

Most interest in the fight will be on who the winner meets next, with potential unification bouts looming involving Britain's IBF champion Anthony Joshua or American WBC title holder Deontay Wilder.

Higgins confirmed Duco had already been in discussions with representatives for Wilder and Joshua -- who fights ex-champ Wladimir Klitschko in London next month -- although he insisted Parker's main focus was Hughie Fury.

Further complicating the heavyweight scene, Tyson Fury this week hinted he would return against an unknown opponent on May 13.

Duco said Tyson -- who surrendered his belts in October after admitting taking cocaine to combat depression -- was expected to join his cousin's entourage in Auckland.

In a promotional video released by Duco to coincide with the Parker fight announcement, Hughie Fury spoke of creating a heavyweight dynasty with his cousin.

"I'll win this title, then Tyson can come back and we can both rule the heavyweight division together," he said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by KillaCamNZ on 03-10-2017

[QUOTE=GMAN SUPREME;17489799]of course they are. duco are minor league promoters they are a joke.[/QUOTE] Definitely, they're small fry. As much as I dislike Bob Arum, I think Parker needs to turn this "promoter split" deal between DUCO and TR, and…

Comment by GMAN SUPREME on 03-09-2017

[QUOTE=KillaCamNZ;17489728]The whole thing stinks, absolutely stinks. This is a clear sign that despite having the Champ in their camp, and winning the purse bid, DUCO have no idea how to use leverage and negotiate effectively. People have suspected for a…

Comment by KillaCamNZ on 03-09-2017

[QUOTE=keith_head;17489705]They're either really naive or Peter Fury/Frank Warren are playing hardball. Probably a combination of both. That funny business when Fury wouldn't sign till the last minute was a pretty clear sign that they're getting mucked around. Honestly, I would've…

Comment by keith_head on 03-09-2017

[QUOTE=KillaCamNZ;17489515]It's mad that DUCO aren't doing everything in their power to ensure Fury is thoroughly tested, for the maximum amount of time.[/QUOTE] They're either really naive or Peter Fury/Frank Warren are playing hardball. Probably a combination of both. That funny…

Comment by KillaCamNZ on 03-09-2017

[QUOTE=keith_head;17489482]From what I understand, Hughie will not be drug tested until he arrives in NZ. Still not enrolled in VADA and it looks like Duco cbf enforcing/paying for drug testing for the fight. Seems a bit irresponsible when the guy…

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