Hennessy Sports have this evening moved to clarify and confirm the withdrawal of Hughie Fury [20(10)-0] from his upcoming WBO heavyweight title fight with Joseph Parker.
The younger cousin of Tyson was due to face champion Parker [22(18)-0] in Auckland, New Zealand on on May 6th at the Vector Arena.
Parker’s promoter, Duco Events, however confirmed this morning that Fury had withdrawn with an unspecified injury, with grumblings that he had shied away from the fight.
Hennessy this evening stressed tonight that Fury has been ruled medically unfit to box due to a troubling injury to his lower back which the 22 year old has been battling for the past three weeks.
Fury, who only requires three to four weeks of rest, is hoping for a rescheduled date with Parker, most likely after a voluntary defence for the New Zealander in two weeks time.
The statement in full reads:
It is with our deepest regret that we have to announce that the WBO World Heavyweight Championship between the Champion, Joseph Parker, and mandatory challenger, Hughie Fury, scheduled for Saturday 6th May 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand, has been postponed.
Hughie has been declared medically unfit to box following a medical assessment. He has suffered an injury to his lower back which has been a serious issue for the last 3 weeks that has left him unable to train to his full capacity.
Despite receiving intense physiotherapy treatment and his desire to fight for the WBO World title, after seeing his physiotherapist last Friday he has been advised to rest for 3-4 weeks before resuming training.
Understandably, Hughie is devastated by the injury which has temporarily halted his dream of fighting for the World Heavyweight Title, but the fight will be rescheduled and a new date will be announced shortly.
Hughie and Team Fury wish to express their sincerest apologies to Joseph Parker, the WBO, the fans and public in New Zealand and to all the boxing fans around the world who had been looking forward to the highly anticipated fight.
Frank Warren of Queensberry Promotions will be making a further detailed statement shortly.