BOXXER and Sky Sports officially announced on Monday that Hughie Fury will take on Michael Hunter in a WBA final eliminator for Oleksandr Usyk‘s heavyweight title on July 2nd in Manchester.
Both men look to knock the other out of the way as they seek a shot at world honours in the sport’s premier division. Both Fury and Hunter have experience at the top level, both sharing a ring with Alexander Povetkin, though neither emerged victorious (Fury lost narrowly on points, Hunter controversially drew), while the Brit has also faced off with Joseph Parker and Kubrat Pulev. The winner of the respective bout is expected to be called as the next mandatory for the WBA title given the ‘final eliminator’ tagline, though this is not entirely clear given Daniel Dubois‘ challenge versus Trevor Bryan for the ‘regular’ title next week. More typical nonsensical sanctioning body ambiguity.
Michael Benson also confirmed in a tweet on Monday afternoon that the card will take place on the same night and at the same venue as Ricky Hatton‘s exhibition bout versus Marco Antonio Barrera, and that a ticket for either event allows one access for both. An interesting night of boxing lies ahead.