Joseph Parker vs Hughie Fury set for April 1 in New Zealand

03/02/2017 18:17

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (22-0, 18 KOs) will fight mandatory challenger Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) on April 1 in Auckland, New Zealand.

WBO president Francisco Valcarcel announced on Friday that Parker's promoters Duco Events have won the purse bids to gain promotional rights to his title defence against Fury with an offer of $3,000,011.

The location has not yet been determined, but it looks likely to be at the Vector Arena, the same venue that the New Zealander claimed a points victory over Andy Ruiz Jr to win the vacant WBO title in December.

Former world champion David Haye was ranked the number one challenger by the WBO but he decided to fight fellow Brit Tony Bellew in a grudge match next month, so Fury was pushed to mandatory position.

Fury, 22, cousin of former IBF/WBA/WBO champion Tyson, has not fought since a technical decision win over Fred Kassi last April. His inactivity was due to him being treated for acne conglobata and scheduled fights falling through.

The Briton will have to travel for his first world title fight but has fought abroad before, previously picking up wins in Canada, America, Romania and Monaco. However he will be taking a step up in competition against the 25-year-old champion.

Parker won five fights last year, including his title triumph, and aims to make a successful first defence against Fury ahead of possible unification clashes with WBC champion Deontay Wilder or IBF champion Anthony Joshua.

Hughie gets a chance to bring back one of the titles to the Fury family after Tyson, who outpointed long-reigning titleholder Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, vacated the belt because of mental health issues.