Fury camp talk up Joseph Parker as they prepare for WBO title fight in NZ

Joseph Parker on the attack against Andy Ruiz and on his way to winning the WBO heavyweight title.
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Joseph Parker on the attack against Andy Ruiz and on his way to winning the WBO heavyweight title.

Hughie's Fury camp continue to talk up Joseph Parker on the assumption they are fighting for the WBO belt in New Zealand.

Parker's promoters Duco Events won the purse bid to stage the fight with a preference for April 1 in New Zealand though they have explored options in Samoa, Singapore and Fury's home city of Manchester.

There has still been no official confirmation but Fury's father and trainer, Peter, is preparing for the fight to be in New Zealand and again spoke glowingly of the Kiwi who has risen rapidly to claim one of the four coveted heavyweight belts.

Hughie Fury has the style to make life difficult for Joseph Parker, according to his father and trainer Peter.
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Hughie Fury has the style to make life difficult for Joseph Parker, according to his father and trainer Peter.

"It'll probably be Auckland, yes, I assume so. I've not got the exact details of that but I assume it is," Peter Fury told BoxingScene.com.

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Trainer Peter Fiury continues to show plenty of respect for New Zealand's WBO world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.
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Trainer Peter Fiury continues to show plenty of respect for New Zealand's WBO world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.

"It's a square ring. It doesn't matter where it is. The main thing is to get that belt and bring it back home and that's exactly what we're going to do."

If the fight is in New Zealand Peter Fury will have to convince immigration officials of his worthiness to enter the country after previous serious drug convictions, as reported by Stuff last weekend.

He felt Parker, unbeaten over 20 fights with 18 KOs, had few flaws, making for an exciting fight.

"He's strong isn't he? He's strong, he's athletic, he can go the rounds, he's durable, he's got fast hands. He ticks a lot of the boxes for a heavyweight. He's pretty mobile, so he's a good fighter. Can't really pick holes in him," Peter Fury told BoxingScene.com.

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"Hughie needs to be on his a-game to lift that belt. This fight can swing either way, it's a serious fight for anybody."

He suggested Hughie (20-0 with 10 KOs) would fly to New Zealand a fortnight before the fight to acclimatise, aware that he needed to be a very dominant fighter to take the tight off the champion.

"When you're going into their back yard, and it's a close fight, then you can't expect your hand to be lifted. You've got to go there and take it off the champion," he said.

"You need to be a convincing winner anyway. That's what we're looking at anyway. We're not looking at an absolute 100 per cent clean verdict because we're fighting away, he's in his home town, we've got to really look at it in a realistic light. The champion, if it's touch and go, will deserve to keep hold of his belt. That's just the way it is."

But the trainer is adamant Hughie has the power and style to win.

"He [Parker] might think he's fought someone as good [as Hughie], and better, but he hasn't and he will see that on the night. But that's what makes this fight a genuine 50-50 fight. Styles make fights and I can tell you now he'll never have faced anyone like Hughie before.

"Hughie's got a good grounding, a good learning. He's definitely ready, the time is right."

Parker is training in Las Vegas under trainer Kevin Barry and alongside fellow heavyweight Izu Ugonoh whose promising career steps up a notch this weekend when he fights respected American Dominic Breazeale in Alabama.

 - Stuff

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