By Carlos Boogs
World Boxing Organization President Paco Valcarcel has informed BoxingScene.com that Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury will not take place, as announced, on May 6th.
Parker (22-0, 18 KOs) was scheduled to make a mandatory defense of his WBO heavyweight belt against Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) at at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.
The exact reason for the fight falling out was not exactly revealed at the moment.
"As of today, it seems there will be no WBO Heavyweight World Title fight in New Zealand. It seems the problem lies within Team Fury," Valcarcel stated.
There were already some concerns being felt by Team Parker, after Fury and his team did not arrive in New Zealand as expected.
The Herald on Sunday reported that Fury's team had complained about the travel arrangements provided by Parker's promoter Duco under the purse bid agreement, and that this may have led to resentment.
Duco won the promotional rights with a bid of $4.1 million. Parker's promoters were obliged to provide four economy class airfares, an arrangement the Fury camp were not happy with. Duco offered to make two of those airfares business class, but again there were still some issues.
There were issues a few weeks ago, when Hughie's father and head trainer Peter Fury, was unable to enter the country due to his criminal record. But he was able to obtain a special dispensation to enter New Zealand - and Duco supported Peter's visa application with New Zealand Immigration.
Parker captured the vacant title last December with a close points decision over unbeaten Andy Ruiz. The belt became vacant after Hughie's older cousin, Tyson Fury, dropped the title to focus on his mental health issues.
More information should be expected this weekend on the exact problem which led to the fight being called off - and whether or not the fight will be postponed or fully canceled.