Hughie Fury pulls out of world heavyweight title fight against Joseph Parker with injury

23/04/2017 12:35

Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) has pulled out of his world heavyweight title fight against Joseph Parker (22-0, 18 KOs), scheduled to take place on May 6 at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, with an undisclosed injury.

The Briton was scheduled to challenge New Zealander Parker for the WBO title, one of the belts his cousin Tyson Fury vacated.

Parker's promotors Duco Events said in a statement: "Duco Events was today notified by the World Boxing Organization that mandatory No 1 challenger Hughie Fury has an injury and will be unable to challenge champion Joseph Parker for the heavyweight title on May 6th in Auckland. The World Boxing Organization has, therefore, advised Duco Events to investigate the possibility of Joseph Parker making a voluntary defence of his heavyweight title against an opponent ranked in the top 15 of the world rankings. Duco Events is currently investigating all options."

Parker captured the vacant WBO belt by outpointing Mexico's Andy Ruiz last December.