Thursday, 9 March 2017
Hughie Fury will challenge Joseph Parker, May 6th, NZ.
Fury will undoubtedly start a heavy underdog, travelling into the champions back yard in what will be his first defence, but the undefeated challenger doesn't appear phased by the task, the pressure is completely off him on this occasion..
Fury is looking to equal cousin Tyson’s achievement, in landing the heavyweight title against the odds, in only his 21st Profesional outing..
Hughie is big, mobile and heavy handed, in his last outing the 22 year old did struggle against Fred Kassi, in a WBO intercontinental title fight last year, but has since addressed a health issue that had plagued his career up to that point, but at 22/0 (10 Ko's) in just four years paid, he has to be taken seriously.
Parker became Champion last December on home turf when he beat the previously unbeaten Andy Ruiz Jr for the vacant title in a very close bout, by a razor thin points decision, a verdict that may easily have swung the other way on neutral territory.. The 25 year old is a huge puncher, stopping 18 of his 22 opponents inside the distance in just a five-year career.
It will be the first time in history that a recognised world heavyweight title has been defended in New Zealand and Parker v Fury is expected to become the biggest boxing event ever held in the country, with an expected viewing audience of over 100 Million.
Mick Hennessy, chief of Hennessy Sports, is certain his man will return home victorious, as the new WBO World Champion, “Hughie is an exceptional talent who has been underestimated in his career. I know that the bigger the fight and the bigger the occasion, Hughie will rise to that challenge and Parker will bring out the very best in him. We’re under no illusions, this is a very hard test for Hughie, but I believe he will shine through.”
Fury is trained by his father Peter Fury, who was having difficulties securing a visa to enter NZ for the April 1st date, due to his criminal past, but it looks very probable that he will be granted entry to be by his sons side on May 6th.