While Joseph Parker was fighting, Hughie Fury was out on the town in London

Boxing cousins Hughie Fury and Tyson Fury out on the town in London, England, the same weekend the former was meant to ...
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Boxing cousins Hughie Fury and Tyson Fury out on the town in London, England, the same weekend the former was meant to be fighting New Zealand boxer Joseph Parker for the WBO heavyweight title.

Hughie Fury was meant to be in Auckland challenging Joseph Parker for his WBO heavyweight title, instead he was out partying in London.

One-time world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury posted an Instagram picture of himself and his cousin at the weekend, with the tag "Me & @hughienew in London last night".

Hughie Fury had cried off a title challenge against Parker, citing a back injury. Promoters Duco had to find a hasty replacement, leading to an uninspiring first title defence against stand-in opponent Razvan Cojanu on Saturday night.

Hughie Fury was meant to be in New Zealand on May 7.
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Hughie Fury was meant to be in New Zealand on May 7.

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Fury withdrew less than three weeks out from the title bout, leading to purse downgrades and the stress of finding an alternative fighter.

Parker originally stood to earn $2.4 million for a mandatory challenge against Hughie Fury but it is understood the fallout from the big Brit's 11th hour withdrawal ended up hitting Duco and Parker in the pocket hard.

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While there was turmoil in New Zealand, Hughie Fury appeared well enough recovered from his back injury to be out and about, even managing a broad smile for the cameras.

Commentators on the posting highlighted his injury, "his back looks very sore", one said.

In the debrief of the Parker fight, Hughie Fury said he would knock out Parker, panning the New Zealand heavyweight's lacklustre defence of his title.

Fury still has mandatory rights to fight Parker next after pulling out of Saturday night's fight.

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It was the inability of Parker to knock out the 2.02m Romanian that has seen him heavily criticised by the very market Parker is now targeting for a significant payday.

The fight was beamed live to Britain.

"Parker, to me, didn't look like he knew what to do with Cojanu after a few rounds when he couldn't land his big shots and he wasn't breaking him down," Fury told Boxing Scene.

"He made very hard work of it and against a former sparring partner who you'd think he'd know inside out and be able to take out, but he struggled and looked poor."

"Cojanu was useless and you could see he just wanted to survive in there, he didn't show any ambition to win and was in there to just to make it to the end of the fight,"

"My opinion of my chances against Parker hasn't changed after watching that. I said before I'll knock him out and that remains the same, but now I know I'll knock him out and take the WBO world title from him."

 

 - Stuff

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