By Steven Donnell
Well it’s official, Joseph Parker will take on Hughie Fury for the WBO heavyweight title in Auckland, New Zealand. This is a fight Team Fury will be looking at as very winnable after seeing Parker looked ordinary against Andy Ruiz, who let the chance of an upset slip through his fingers by giving Parker too many of the middle rounds. That error proved to be the difference at the end of the fight and duly resulted in Parker taking home the vacant title. Before I can get too excited about seeing Fury bringing another world title back to the UK (the same title that was indeed stripped from his cousin Tyson) I have a few concerns about this fight.
Firstly, what has Hughie Fury done to deserve this title fight? He hasn’t fought anyone of any real stature in the division and in fact, on Fury’s last outing, he looked awful against Fred Kassi in a fight that was brought to an end after a clash of heads gave Fury a nasty cut which took the fight to the cards. All three judges had Fury clearly ahead but don’t be fooled, this was awful viewing, and to be honest, I couldn’t see what the Hughie Fury fuss was all about. Before Kassi, Fury was taken the distance by 40-year-old veteran Dominick Guinn. Again Guinn is hardly the kind of name that should get you a world title shot but I am a big boy and I’m not naïve – I know how corrupt boxing can be, especially at the top level.
Now on to the more sinister and bizarre “doping” fiasco that has surrounded Team Fury for the past six months. News broke last year about Tyson Fury having failed a drug test and he was accused of using PEDs but by the time the public had found out, Tyson Fury had already served his ban and that has cast doubts over Hughie’s long absence from the ring There are many people out there who believe that Hughie was actually serving a ban in silence and not, in fact, dealing with his blood condition as we have been told. Now, if there is any truth or substance [good pun, Ed] to these rumours, that will make this fight a sham and an embarrassment to the sport as a whole.
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