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Parker to fight Fury in Manchester

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/06/2017

New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker will defend his WBO title against Hughie Fury in Manchester on September 23.

Fury had been scheduled to fight Parker in Auckland on May 6, but the bout was cancelled less than two weeks out, with his camp saying a serious lower back injury meant he couldn't train properly.

Parker and Duco Events on Monday confirmed the bout at Manchester Arena in Fury's home town.

The 25-year-old South Aucklander said there was no lingering ill-will following the Englishman's late cancellation in May.

"No, I don't hold any grudges," Parker said.

"I just go in there respect my opponent and do what I have to do. That's go in there and win the fight, defend my title and keep it here."

Parker said the bout had been a long time coming, and promoter David Higgins had worked hard to get it over the line.

"Now that it's ready and the date is confirmed, we're looking forward to going over to the UK, making a statement and putting on a great show."

Although Fury would have the home town advantage, Parker had no worries about fighting in front of local fans.

"I will use it as energy and motivation to put on a great show and fight hard - I know there will be a lot of supporters for him, but I back myself to put on a great show."

Fury was equally confident in his ability to take the title off Parker.

"I've never had a close fight. I've won every round of every single fight.

''I'm going to let my fists do the talking and I'm going to take his belt home with me."

Parker's last bout was in May, when he retained his title in Auckland with a unanimous points victory over 2.02m Romanian Razvan Cojanu, ranked 14th by the WBO.

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