Parker-Fury Set for April 1 in New Zealand
The WBO held their purse bid for heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s title defense against Hughie Fury on Friday, and Parker’s promoter Duco Events won with a bid of $3 million. They will handle the promotion of the fight and it will take place in Parker’s home country of New Zealand on April 1.
WBO President Paco Valcarcel announced the results of the purse bid to World Boxing News.
"Duco Promotions wins purse bid for Parker vs H Fury with $3,00,011, bout to take place on April 1 in Auckland, New Zealand with a 60-40 split."
Parker won the vacant WBO heavyweight title in December, beating Mexican-American Andy Ruiz in a close decision. That fight also took place in Auckland, New Zealand.
The WBO belt had previously been held by Tyson Fury, but the champion relinquished the belt (and the others he won from Wladimir Klitschko) after a series of public mental health issues and failed drug tests. Now, Tyson’s cousin, the undefeated Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs), will have the chance to win the WBO title.
Parker’s original mandatory challenger had been the UK fighter David Haye, but Haye chose instead to fight WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew in a March pay-per-view fight.