Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Parker looks set to face replacement Conjanu.
California based WBO #14 ranked heavyweight Razvan Conjanu (16-2, 9 KOs) is likely to be announced today as the replacement for WBO #1 challenger Hughie Fury to challenge newly crowned WBO champion Joseph Parker at the Sparks Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on May 6. “We are excited, we think we have got someone that is at least as good as Hughie Fury and certainly has more power than Hughie Fury,” Duco Entertainments CEO David Higgins said. “He’s a very tough contender, so it’s a proper challenge. It’s looking promising … tomorrow we are planning a big announcement.”
It's rather disappointing news, considering that several better qualified opponents were readily available, including Amir Mansour and Dominick Breazeale. Conjanu is a virtual unknown quantity and has never faced a ranked opponent throughout his whole 18 fight career.. Fury withdrew on Sunday after suffering a lower back injury that requires at least a months rest..