Hughie Fury v Joseph Parker fight OFF

Hughie Fury [20(10)-0] has withdrawn from his big world title fight next month.

The young heavyweight was due to travel to New Zealand to take on WBO champ Joseph Parker [22(18)-0] on May 6th at the Vector Arena in Auckland.

The past week has been rife with speculation due to Fury not making the long trip to New Zealand to acclimatise, and it was this morning confirmed that he has suffered an undisclosed injury that has forced him out of the fight.

Duco Events, promoter of Parker, released a statement today confirmed that they were “notified by the World Boxing Organization that mandatory No. 1 challenger Hughie Fury has an injury and will be unable to challenge champion Joseph Parker for the heavyweight title on May 6th in Auckland.”

“The World Boxing Organization has, therefore, advised Duco Events to investigate the possibility of Joseph Parker making a voluntary defense of his heavyweight title against an opponent ranked in the top 15 of the (WBO) world rankings. Duco Events is currently investigating all options.”

It is almost one year since Fury last fought, with his technical decision win against Fred Kassi coming at the end of last April. The Manchester-born youngster took a period out to recover from severe Acne Conglobata but looked set to return here.

Joe O'Neill

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