Hughie Fury on the mend and eager to fight Joseph Parker
British heavyweight Hughie Fury is on the mend and has his sights set firmly on taking up his mandatory challenge for Joseph Parker's WBO world title.
Fury withdrew just two weeks before the fight citing a back injury and Romanian Razvan Cojanu, the WBO No 14, was rushed in for a voluntary defence to save Saturday night's promotion in Manukau.
His father and trainer Peter Fury said Hughie was responding to the physio treatment ordered and was already seeing movement return to his lower back.
"He's doing alright. He's been doing a lot of physio work on the left side of his back, he's been doing a lot of stretching. He's doing OK, he's just lightly ticking over at the moment," his father and trainer, Peter Fury, told Boxing News.
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"He is positive because he's having total rest, because that's the advice he's been given, and the pain has now subsided so he's responding well to the physio. In the next coming weeks he can start back in the gym and away we go."
The Furys are adamant they still hold the mandatory rights to take on Parker and intend to fight the Kiwi providing he gets past Cojanu this weekend.
"I think it has to be [rescheduled]. It's a genuine injury so it's just a postponement, so we're looking to get the fight rescheduled," Peter Fury said.
Where and when that happens is the multi-million dollar question.
Parker's backers Duco Events feel the Furys weren't genuinely interested in coming to New Zealand and two delays - the fight was originally scheduled for April 1 only for the Brits to renege - are testing their patience.
Duco still hold the $4.1m purse bid for the fight and the rights to stage it where they want.
They have found an increasingly tight financial squeeze in New Zealand and, ironically, might have to take the fight to Britain to make it work – and fall into the lap of the Furys who were always eager for a challenge at home.
Duco are also believed to be making good headway in talks with Eddie Hearn, the British promoter of Anthony Joshua who now holds the WBA and IBF belts.
Hearn also manages Tony Bellew and Duco like the feel of a Bellew fight in Britain to boost Parker's profile there ahead of a possible unification bout.
They also have the United States as an alternative route with WBC champion Deontay Wilder eager to fight Parker with their two belts on the line.
The road block is Fury who has set the Kiwi plans back a few months with his untimely withdrawal.