Celebrity News: New Zealand star fighter and World Boxing Organization (WBO) heavyweight champion Joseph Parker has been forced to take his fight with British boxer Hughie Fury in the UK after English Refused to fight in Auckland.
Fury and Parker were originally set to fight in Auckland in May in the mandatory challenge to Parker’s WBO belt, but Fury retired two weeks before the bout citing a back injury as the reason.
En route to the fight, the Fury team had clarified that they were not interested in having the fight in New Zealand and even attempted to move it to the UK at the last minute.
Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) was replaced by Romanian boxer Razvan Cojanu in the May bout and was dominated in twelve rounds, but negotiations with the British camp continued while retaining rights over the mandatory challenge of WBO To the Parker belt.
The new fight will take place in the hometown of Fury, Manchester on September 23.
It will be Parker’s first fight in the UK and only his third outside the South Pacific. Fury is taking a busy fight on July 8 at Copper Box in London.
Parker (23-0, 18 KOs) said he is looking forward to taking the fight to the UK.
“In the contact is what we want and David (Higgins) has worked very hard to get the contract sorted and now that it is ready and the date is confirmed, we are looking forward to going to the UK and make a statement and put on a great show” “Parker said.
“The idea of going to the UK is something I’m looking forward to, and I do not have any grudges (about Fury does not come to New Zealand on May 6), I just go there respect my opponent and do what I have. And win the fight and defend my title and keep it here. “