Joseph Parker, the New Zealander with the missing piece in Anthony Joshua’s jigsaw; the WBO heavyweight belt. The 25-year-old won the vacant title in December when he defeated Andy Ruiz, and defended the belt with an unconvincing UD over Răzvan Cojanu in May.
The man to now make the second attempt at taking the belt of Parker, is mandatory challenger, Hughie Fury. The pair will meet in the Manchester Arena, 23rd of September, after Fury initially pulled out of the fight in May – set for New Zealand – citing a back injury which stopped the heavyweight fighting.
Although Fury – cousin to Tyson – has not fought since April 2016, he boasts a record of 20 wins from 20 fights, along with 10 coming by KO. Parker, sluggish in his recent UD over Cojanu, still has an impressive 23 wins from 23, with 18 of these wins being by knockout.
The pair’s 100% record are both on the line, as Fury has the chance to bring back a belt which has previously been in the Fury name after Tyson vacated the belt in 2016.
The Fury name – not ones to be low on confidence – looks set to have the same sort of swagger heading into the fight, as there appears to be little doubt in which way the 22-year-old believes the fight will go:
“I’ve never had a close fight. I’ve won every round of every single fight.
I’m going to let my fists do the talking and I’m going to take his belt home with me.”
— Hughie Fury
In what is a second fight on European soil for Parker, we’re sure the orthodox fighter will back his chances in what is likely to be a hostile crowd following the choice of location for the fight.