WBO heavyweight champion, Joseph Parker, will make the first defence of his title against his mandatory challenger, Hughie Fury, in Auckland, New Zealand, at the Vector Arena on Saturday, May 6th.
The contest will be the first world heavyweight title defence held in New Zealand and as such is expected to be the biggest boxing event in the country’s history with an estimated global audience of over 100 million.
Parker became New Zealand’s first world heavyweight champion in December, defeating Andy Ruiz Jr to claim the vacant title in a closely fought contest.
Manchester based Fury is keen to follow in the footsteps of his cousin Tyson, by travelling to foreign soil to usurp a heavyweight world title.
“I’m really looking forward to it, and I just can’t wait,” said Fury. “I feel great, and I’ll be in the best shape my of life come fight night, and you’ll see something special. It doesn’t matter what country the fight’s in, a boxing ring is a boxing ring to me, no matter where in the world. The result will be the same, a Hughie Fury victory and on May 6th you’ll be looking at the new WBO World champion.”
Hughie’s father, and trainer, Peter Fury, insists his son has what it takes to emerge victorious in New Zealand.
“I see it as a very competitive fight between two of the best young heavyweights in the world today, and the fans and media are certainly going to relish this one,” said Fury. “Parker’s the World Champion, and we’re going into his territory, but we’re fighting people through and through, and this does not bother us. I see my son coming back home with the World Title.”
Similarly, Mick Hennessy, CEO of Hennessy Sports, feels confident that Hughie will be crowned champion on May 6th.
“Hughie is an exceptional talent who has been underestimated in his career,” said Hennessy. “I know that the bigger the fight and the bigger the occasion, Hughie will rise to that challenge and Parker will bring out the very best in him. We’re under no illusions, this is a very hard test for Hughie, but I believe he will shine through.”