Hughie Fury vows to crush Joseph Parker, take WBO title

A rejuvenated Hughie Fury says his world title shot against Joseph Parker is "perfect timing", and is vowing to return the WBO belt to his family.

Parker won the WBO title vacated by Fury's cousin Tyson, and now has a mandated challenge from Hughie as his first defence.

Parker's handlers have won the purse bid to control the fight - expected to be held in April - and are working through venue options.

New Zealand remains the preference while Samoa, Singapore and even Fury's home city of Manchester are options for a US$3m fight where Parker enjoys a 60-40 split of the purse.
 The 22-year-old Fury is coming back after battling a skin disorder and says he's in the best health of his career for the biggest fight of his life.

He believed the benefits of being raised in the shadow of his illustrious cousin will help his cause against Parker.

"I'm very excited, I can't wait to bring the title back home," Fury told TalkSport in Britain.

"I'm not really bothered where we fight. Ideally in my own country, but we'll soon see in the coming days where the fight happens.

"I rate Parker, he's a very good fighter but I've had more experience from a young age. I've sparred all of Tyson's sparring partners. I'm ready for this physically and mentally."

Fury, unbeaten over 20 fights with 10 KOs, is the WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion.

He said with his health issues hopefully in his past, he felt like things were just starting for him.

He believed his best is yet to come.

It will have been nearly a year since Fury's last fight, beating Fred Kassi on April 30 by technical decision after seven rounds.

"I have gone under the radar but everything happens for a reason. I've had bad health and been in the ring at 50 per cent, but I've still had good fights and got the rounds. Now I'm 100 per cent, I've fixed my health issues, it’s perfect timing for me."

In contrast Parker has remained extremely active, regularly taking on five fights a year and having navigated his way through torrid battles against Carlos Takam and Andy Ruiz in 2016 to set up his current position of owning one of the four coveted belts in the division.

Parker has returned to his Las Vegas training base and started his camp with mentor Kevin Barry, determined to get past Fury and set up a lucrative unification bout later in the year.