Cash up front if Fury wants re-scheduled title shot

Cash up front if Fury wants re-scheduled title shot

Boxer Joseph Parker’s camp is demanding a large sum of cash before agreeing to re-schedule their WBO heavyweight title fight with Englishman Hughie Fury.

Fury has withdrawn from the fight citing a back injury which he says means he hasn’t been able to train properly for the last three weeks.

However David Higgins of Duco Promotions – Parker’s management team – is sceptical of the injury.

David Higgins

David Higgins Photo: Photosport

Higgins says the Fury camp has been difficult to deal with throughout negotiations around the fight.

“Most boxing negotiaions are cordial and the camps get along….but there is proper discord in this one,” said Higgins.

“I would say that they have damaged the trust between the camps. They put a statement out saying they want to postpone (but) because they have damaged the trust, the only for them to fix that is to pay a big chunk of cash up front to a lawyer’s trust fund account and then we will fight Hughie,” said Higgins.

New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker v Andy Ruiz Jr.
WBO World Heavyweight Title.

New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker v Andy Ruiz Jr.
WBO World Heavyweight Title.
Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The fight was to be Parker’s first title defence since he beat Andy Ruiz Jr in December.

In the meantime Higgins is trying to arrange a replacement challenger for the May 6th bout.

The WBO has advised them to investigate the possibility of a voluntary defence against an opponent ranked in the top 15 of the world rankings.

Higgins rates the chances of organising another bout in time better than 50-50 and hopes to have one confirmed in the next day or so.

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Published at Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:31:49 +0000