Parker: Hughie Fury Is The Perfect Preparation For Joshua

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Joseph Parker has stated his WBO heavyweight title defence against Hughie Fury will prepare him well for a future fight against Anthony Joshua.

The date and venue for the mandatory title defence against Fury is yet to be determined, with purse bids set to be announced for February 1.

Duco Events, who promote Parker are pushing to have the fight in New Zealand, but the boxer believes a fight in Britain would be an ideal scouting mission for a possible unification fight against IBF champion Anthony Joshua.

Asked about a future fight with Joshua, Parker said: “This could be the perfect lead-up to those bigger fights. Getting used to it, testing it out. Looking for a place over there, where we could stay and get comfortable with.

“Whatever happens, I’ll be comfortable.”

On whether Fury demands a big payday, after both parties failed to agree on financial terms.

“He’s the mandatory, but he’s never headlined his own card. He’s never fought on PPV, so I’m not quite sure.

“It’s a world title, so he thinks he deserves a lot more money than I think he does deserve, but it’s up to them what they come up with.”

The unbeaten 25-year-old has already fought away from home on a number of occasions and is not worried about being given a hostile reception, if the fight is stage in Fury’s preferred location in Manchester.

“I don’t care where the fight is,” said Parker. “Most of my fights have been in New Zealand, but people forget I’ve fought in America twice, I’ve fought in Germany, fought in Samoa, so it doesn’t matter where the fight is. I’ll be comfortable fighting anywhere.

“It will be a new experience and I’m sure it will feel a bit different. Over here in New Zealand, I have everyone supporting me, but I guess if I train hard, I’m comfortable wherever it is.

“It will probably give me more motivation to knock him out.”



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