The tedious negotiations finally came to an end this week, as it was confirmed that Hughie Fury would challenge Joseph Parker for the WBO World Championship in New Zealand on April 1.
The signing of Fury’s contest with Parker in April confirms that Fury will not only have an opportunity to become the heavyweight champion of the World, he will also be presented with a chance to emerge from the shadows and become a key player in a revitalised heavyweight division.
For 15 years boxing fans witnessed the dominant Klitschko brothers control boxing’s heavyweight division from an arms length, fight fans desperately lusted for entertaining heavyweight contests. Emotionally investing in challenger after challenger, only for them all to inevitably deteriorate against at least one of the accomplished Ukrainian champions.
That all ended in November 2015, when Tyson Fury travelled to Dusseldorf and achieved something almost everybody doubted he could. For 12 rounds, Fury frustrated and outboxed Wladimir Klitschko, consequently making the Manchester heavyweight king of the mountain in the division. Devastatingly though, Tyson’s personal problems meant his reign was only temporary. A failed drugs test means Fury is now likely to be out of the ring for an extended period of time. The absence of the man of the who finally dethroned Wladimir Klitschko has left a power vacuum in the heavyweight division, something that Tyson’s cousin Hughie can capitalise on.
When 22 year old Hughie challenges for the WBO title, it will be the first time in his professional career that he has tested himself against elite level competition. However, there is still undeniable evidence that Hughie is destined to become one of Britain’s most supreme heavyweight operators.
At just 18 years of age Fury turned professional after becoming the first ever British fighter to win a super-heavyweight gold at the World Youth championships, despite his unassuming personality, Hughie has always felt that he deserved a greater amount of recognition for that triumph.
It has been virtually five years since Fury began his professional journey, it is fair to say that his career to date has been relatively understated. Fury is still young and has had his hand raised in Monaco, Romania, Canada and America. In being so well travelled, Fury has sacrificed becoming a household name to UK fight fans. However, he has gained invaluable experience that will undoubtedly serve him extremely well as his career progresses to the next level.
Being diagnosed with the rare back disease, acne conglobata forced Fury to follow up his technical decision victory against Fred Kassi with a prolonged spell of inactivity. The disease is thought to be one of the most severe forms of acne and can lead to fatigue and distressing joint pain, the Fury camp blamed
the skin problem for a lacklustre performance against Kassi last April. Moreover, Fury has stated that since receiving treatment for the skin condition he feels a lot better, he added that the treatment for his health problems have allowed him to engage in a much more effective training camp.
If Fury is to dethrone WBO champion Parker, it will require a career best performance from the young heavyweight. Parker has been touted as a potential opponent for the likes of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, he is widely regarded as one of heavyweight boxing’s most exciting prospects. When Fury and Parker collide, it’ll be a collision between two young fighters who both have a huge future in the division.
In amongst the mass rejuvenation of excitement into British heavyweight boxing, Hughie’s career has progressed without managing to receive the sort of furore that has surrounded his fellow British heavyweights. However, on April 1 in New Zealand, when Hughie does what his cousin Tyson did and heads to enemy territory in order to achieve his goals, he is presented with an opportunity to step out of the shadows, an opportunity to finally put himself at the forefront of heavyweight boxing.