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Hughie Fury to fight Joseph Parker

Joseph Parker has announced he will defend his WBO heavyweight title against Britain's Hughie Fury in Auckland on 6th May 2017.

It will be Parker's first defence of the belt which he won in December, after it was vacated by Hughie's cousin, Tyson Fury.

Parker's Events promoter David Higgins said "Joseph loves fighting at home in front of his fans, so we really wanted to give him that opportunity against a truly dangerous, gifted young opponent in Hughie Fury."

Fury released a statement in which he said “I cannot wait to face Parker these are the fights I want, these are the fights I have always wanted. These step-up fights, this is the mix I want to be in.

I have had my downs and now I am on my way up. I am confident whoever I am against. I believe I am the best out there and I am going to prove it."

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