Parker-Fury fight set to be announced

What's Fresh 24/01/2017

Kiwi Heavyweight champion Joseph Parker's first defence of his WBO belt could be decided within the next week.

British boxer Hughie Fury is the mandatory challenger for Parker, and his promoter Frank Warren's indicated they'll be announcing details of a fight in the coming week, a bout they hope to stage in England's Manchester.

"We're negotiating at the moment with Joseph Parker's people from New Zealand, and I believe we've got an excellent chance of putting the fight on in the UK," Warren said at a press conference for English TV channel BoxNation on Tuesday morning (NZ time).

"We will be announcing some details on that probably within the next six or seven days, so keep our fingers crossed it'll be here."

Fury himself isn't fussed about the venue, but he's adamant that the South Aucklander is the ideal next opponent as he looks to make a push into the upper tier of the sport's burgeoning heavyweight division.

"Hopefully Parker will be in Manchester but I don't care where it happens, it's the fight I want," said Fury.

"I want to fight the best and I believe Parker is one of the best out there.

"I'm ready for these big fights, this is what I want. I want to prove myself, I just don't want to be a talker, I want to let my fists do the talking and I'm ready for this."

The younger brother of infamous former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, 'The Fist of Fury' currently sports a record of 20-0 with 10 knock-outs to his name, but hasn't fought since April of 2016.