Fury gets a confirmed date for WBO challenge
It was confirmed this week that undefeated heavyweights Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) and Joseph Parker (22-0, 18 KOs) will clash for Parker’s WBO heavyweight title on May 6 in Auckland and the winner’s career will take off in the current heavyweight landscape.
Originally it had looked as if the fight was going to take place on April 1, however the contest has now been pushed back and will take place just a week after the Wembley super-fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitchsko.
After winning the purse bids, Parker’s promoter David Higgins publicly toyed with the idea of hosting the fight in England, however the sincerity of those claims always appeared to be dubious.
Both fighters come into the fight undefeated, yet hometown advantage and an impressive outing last time out against Andy Ruiz solidify Parker’s position as the favourite.
The importance of this fight to an enthralling heavyweight division is irrefutable, it’s a matchup that will undoubtedly arouse the attentiveness of all the division’s main players. Especially, given that Klitchsko and Joshua clash just a week prior to this fight and WBC champion Deontay Wilder has already made everyone who’ll listen aware that it is his intention to unify the division,
It can’t be denied that whoever is victorious in this intriguing matchup won’t only leave Auckland with the WBO heavyweight title, but will also set themselves on a path to heavyweight mega-fights.