Hughie Fury fight licence uncertainty as renewal process lingers

British heavyweight Hughie Fury has pulled out of fighting Joseph parker for the WBO title.
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British heavyweight Hughie Fury has pulled out of fighting Joseph parker for the WBO title.

Hughie Fury isn't on the British boxing authority's list of licensed fighters, adding intrigue to his absence from his world title fight against Joseph Parker.

Fury, the mandatory challenger, pulled out of the May 6 promotion in Auckland citing a back injury. He has been replaced by Romanian Razvan Cojanu, the WBO's No 14.

A search of the licensed boxers on the British Boxing Board of Control's website revealed no Fury two weeks out from what was meant to be the fight of his career.

Replying to an inquiry from Stuff about Fury's surprising absence, the board's general secretary, Robert Smith, said the boxer was in the process of renewing his licence.

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"Mr Fury's licence is not withdrawn. He is in the process of renewing his licence and we are awaiting receipt of medicals, etc. Once in order, the licence will show on the board's website," Smith said.

Fury hasn't fought for a year, but to have the licence process drag out on the eve of a world title fight appears tardy.

The Furys are adamant the title fight against Parker will go ahead, provided the Kiwi gets past Cojanu to retain his belt.

They say they will be sending proof of Fury's back injury to the WBO and hope the organisation can reschedule the mandatory challenge "as soon as possible".

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They say Fury needs three to four week's rest.

 - Stuff

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