Parker vs. Hughie Fury Goes to Purse Bid
While the more infamous Fury looks to come back strong after a turbulent 2016, Tyson’s cousin will have the opportunity to capture a heavyweight title in 2017. The WBO has ordered a purse bid for a bout between heavyweight titlist Joseph Parker and mandatory challenger Hughie Fury.
ESPN’s Dan Rafael reported that a fight between Parker and Fury will take place in the spring.
The purse bid for the fight will take place on Feb. 1 at the WBO’s offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The minimum bid is $1 million.
There is still time for Parker’s promoters Duco Events and Top Rank or Fury’s promoter Frank Warren to come to a deal and prevent the purse bid from taking place. If the fight does go to bid at the start of next month, the highest bidder will have control over the promotion of the fight and can decide its date and location.
Assuming that Parker’s promoters win the purse bid, the fight will likely happen in Parker’s home country of New Zealand.
The bid would be split in Parker’s favor, giving him 60% to Fury’s 40% per the WBO’s ruling.
Parker (22-0) won the WBO title in New Zealand in December when he outpointed Andy Ruiz in a close decision.
Hughie Fury (20-0) will look to follow the lead of his cousin by capturing a world title. The 22-year-old will take a massive step up in competition if he steps into the ring with Parker, but Fury showed promise in his last victory over Fred Kassi.