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Parker to fight Fury on May 6: reports

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/02/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">Joseph Parker's first WBO heavyweight title defence against Hughie Fury will take place in early May, according to numerous British boxing websites.</span> © Getty Images Joseph Parker's first WBO heavyweight title defence against Hughie Fury will take place in early May, according to numerous British boxing websites. Joseph Parker's defence of his heavyweight world title against Hughie Fury has been pushed back to May, according to British media reports.

Several boxing websites say the fight will take place in Auckland on May 6, five weeks after the originally touted date of April 1.

The date and venue are still to be announced by Parker's promoters Duco Events, who won a purse bid to stage the fight.

Reports say the fight was delayed by Fury's stalling to sign a contract.

That delay was caused by a cloud hanging over Fury's trainer and father, Peter Fury, who is facing issues regarding entry to New Zealand due to a criminal past.

The new date would mean mandatory challenger Hughie Fury (20-0) won't have fought for more than a year before getting in the ring with Parker (22-0), who secured the vacant belt with victory over Andy Ruiz in December.

Meanwhile, a possible unification fight between Parker and WBC champion Deontay Wilder may have to go on hold.

WBC bosses have ordered unbeaten American Wilder to make mandatory defence against lowly ranked former title-holder Bermane Stiverne, according to ESPN.

Wilder called out Parker in the immediate wake of his title defence against Gerald Washington in Alabama over the weekend, agreeing with the Kiwi that a unification bout would be good for the fractured heavyweight division.

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