Boxing Preview – Fury v Parker

Hughie Fury is looking to become Britain’s second current heavyweight champion of the world as he takes on New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in Manchester.

Parker is one of three current world champions and in possession of the WBO belt, along with America’s Deontay Wilder who has the WBC crown and Anthony Joshua – who holds the WBA and IBF titles.

25-year-old Parker is undefeated in his 23 fights to date, as is Fury, 23, who has fought and won 20 times.

Fury is looking to follow in the footsteps of his cousin Tyson, and claim a world title.

“I have always said to myself: ‘I’m going to be world champion’,” said the Stockport-born ring-man.

“I wanted to give my heart and soul to get there. And I’ve sacrificed everything. I’ve had no teenage life, no drinking or having friends. I trained like a professional from a young age.

“No kid has done what I’ve done – going alone to train with different people who would shout at me when I showed up at their gyms.

“I’ve never had a girlfriend. I’ve always concentrated on boxing because my dad said: ‘Women and boxing don’t go.”

Defending champion Parker is taking on his fifth fight outside of New Zealand, and he intends to base himself in the UK going forward – but he knows the fans at a sold out 21,000 capacity Manchester Arena will be backing thee local boy.

“Hopefully I win in incredible fashion on Saturday, maybe a knockout and then make some big fights with other big heavyweights here in the UK,” said Parker, 25.

The Bookmkakers make Parker favourite, but Fury has seen the most interest. Ladbrokes make Parker 4/6 with Fury 6/5.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Parker has been favourite since this bout was announced, but that hasn’t put punters off backing Fury – and in front of his home fans we wouldn’t be surprised to see Tyson’s cousin get the job done.”


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