Unbeaten Manchester heavyweight Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) cousin of Tyson, is a step closer to facing New Zealand’s WBO world champion Joseph Parker (22-0, 18 KOs) after purse bids were ordered by the governing body today.
Fury is the mandatory to challenge for Parker’s belt and after waiting patiently for news of a showdown, this is a great update for him and British boxing as his dream of fighting for a world title edges closer.
British Boxers believe that the minimum bid for the fight is $1 million and is to be submitted by February 1st, although there is a chance that both parties could strike a deal before then. But if they don’t, the bids will be opened and the highest will be responsible for organising the fight. Fury who is promoted by Frank Warren will hope his team win the bid as he has previously stated he would like the fight to take place in his home city of Manchester.
As champion, Parker will be hopeful that his co-promoters Top Rank and Duco Events secure the bids, so he can defend in New Zealand. Either way this is a very interesting matchup on the horizon.
The purse bid will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico and will see a 60-40 split in the champions favour.
It will be the first defence of the title for Parker who claimed it via a majority decision win against Andy Ruiz Jr in December last year. The title had been made vacant by Hughie’s cousin Tyson and now he will have the chance to claim the belt back for the Fury family.
A date for the fight will be confirmed after the purse bids and contracts have been agreed.