On the 23rd September Manchester Arena will host a WBO heavyweight title fight featuring two young unbeaten fighters. The champion Joseph Parker, 25 will travel to the Northern fight capital to pit his skills against local boy Hughie Fury, 23 in a battle of the young guns.
Both Parker and Fury have somewhat sailed under the radar in terms of their profile and the clamour for this fight, but under the bright lights Manchester’s favourite arena, one will make a big leap forward in their career and stature.
Hughie Fury has based his training camp in the picturesque setting of Lake Windemere, home to his father and respected trainer Peter Fury. A regimen of old school boxing training consisting of things like hill sprints and log chopping have made the feel of this fight a throwback to a bygone era of heavyweight boxing. Peter Fury at the helm of the in-camp activities told British Boxers that “we are taking this very seriously” a sign that the gravity of the task at hand is fully respected by the team.
Parker and Fury both share similar character traits, a quiet workman like quality, a humble nature and a less is more mentality. Parker is a seriously underrated fighter, solid wins over Takam and Ruiz showed his ability to muster up the goods when needed and in recent gym footage he has looked menacing with fierce body punching and flashy combinations.
Hughie Fury told British Boxers “Believe this, he’s not getting past me” a sign of intent and meaning from the 23-year-old. Still a baby in the game, Hughie has “only known boxing” according to his father, Peter who reminisced with us fondly about the early days, training in the south of France. After visiting the camp, the steely determination and will of the father and son team is evident. The stakes are high and both camps have invested a lot in this event.
A recent announcement by Hennessy Sports indicated a link up with online giants YouTube, who will screen the fight live on a ppv basis with prices initially set at £9.99. The announcement has divided opinion but perhaps this is the resistance to change which so many experience when it comes to the provision of big sporting events. The success of the venture is yet to be seen but one thing is not in any doubt, the fight is a finely balanced and intriguing contest between two fighters whom we have not seen in deep waters yet. For the victor, the spoils could include unification fights with the likes of Joshua and Wilder, a tantalising incentive indeed.
For UK fight fans they will finally get to see Hughie in a crunch matchup and with a shot at a title that many people feel is well deserved. In boxing there are always detractors, people who don’t appreciate the struggle fighters go through to prepare mentally and physically. Having seen it first hand I would describe camp Fury as “ready”. What it boils down to when all is said and done, is two good men fighting for the biggest prize in boxing.
British Boxers would like to take this opportunity to wish team Fury all the best.
The long anticipated WBO World Heavyweight title fight will be live at YouTube.com/ParkerFury. For fans in the UK and Republic of Ireland, the fight will be available on pay-per-view at the special early-bird price of £9.99 (UK) and €11.99 (Republic of Ireland) until midnight 17th September.* You can also watch a portion of the undercard live here at YouTube.com/ParkerFury for free.
Remember, the Fury v Parker fight will be available LIVE in full HD, on every device, for UK & Republic of Ireland viewers at www.YouTube.com/ParkerFury. As an early exclusive offer, it costs £9.99/€11.99 in the UK/ROI until midnight on 17th September.
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