Hughie Fury rates Joseph Parker better than Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder
Hughie Fury rates Joseph Parker the best of the current world heavyweight champions.
Parker defends his WBO belt against Fury in Auckland on May 6 and the big Brit has made it clear he will have to beat the pick of the glamour division to head home with a world title to his name.
There are huge raps on fellow Brit Anthony Joshua, who defends his IBF belt against Wladimir Klitschko in London at the end of the month, and America's aggressive WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
But Fury reckons Parker more than has their measure in terms of skill and determination.
"They've all got their own strengths but I think Joseph Parker is the best out there at the minute. He's the toughest fight between all three of them because he's hungry and I do think he's the fighter out there," Fury said from his training camp in Bolton on the outskirts of Manchester.
"You've got Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder and I put Parker right at the top of them because he's hungry, he's got lots of skill higher.
"Wilder's just wild. He's just trying to land the big bomb and that's all he's got.
"I rate Joseph Parker. He's a good champion and I think he's one of the best out there and he is a big lump. He's an all round fighter with his combinations. He's a good all round fighter."
Fury, full of confidence befitting the occasion, says he can handle anything Parker throws at him.
"I'm going to do the job. It doesn't matter whose in front of me, it will be the same outcome on the night," he said.
"I've watched plenty of fights and videos of him, I've done my homework and yeah, you'll see on the night."
Fury and his team, which includes his father and trainer Peter and controversial cousin Tyson, the former world champion, are rarely short of opinions. But they have had few bad words to say about Parker.
"He's a fighting man, he's a respectful person," Fury said of the personable Kiwi.
"I look at Joseph Parker and you can see he's a nice lad so when you get people like that in this sport, there's no point disrespecting is there. He's a fighting man and we're both here to do our job."
Fury is unbeaten over 20 fights with 10 KOs. He hasn't had the class of opponents that Parker has negotiated and he's been inactive for a year, battling a rare skin disorder. But he has kept busy training and sparring and says being a constant member of cousin Tyson's entourage has taught him plenty, especially witnessing the huge upset of Klitschko in late 2015.
He believes that will help him cope with the pressures of a world title fight on foreign soil.
"We've learned a lot, even my dad, he's learned a lot from that fight (against Klitschko) so all the preparations we took in, the press conferences, going to the ring and everything. So I've done all this before so I'm just looking forward to it now."
The former world youth super heavyweight champion has dedicated his life to boxing and is thrilled to get this opportunity. He is determined to make the most of it.
"Yeah it means everything to us. That's what we are in boxing for ... we're not in boxing for the money, we're in boxing for the belts so it's a big deal for us," he said.
"It means the world to me, it's what we've always been in boxing for, to achieve our dreams so I'm almost there and I am going to go 100 per cent and bring that title back.
"There's no doubts in my mind whatsoever so. Like dad said, Joseph's got to knock me out and he's going to find that very hard.
"We are very confident in what we do and the strengths and the ability of what we've got. We've got the mastermind behind it and that's my dad so we are 100 per cent confident when we jump in that ring we've done everything and everything is going to go well on the night."