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2017-07-12
Parker Has Opportunity to Show British Crowd His Credentials
Fury was set to travel to New Zealand for this bout earlier in the year, but that fight was ultimately postponed when the Brit picked up a back injury in training. The rescheduling now means Parker has the opportunity to fight in the UK where he will look to make a name for himself to try and boost his profile in Europe.



Parker is rated as the 4/6 favourite in the latest boxing odds for the fight. A victory would set him up for a big fight either at the back end of 2017 or early in 2018. The man from South Auckland won his belt back in December when he defeated Mexican Andy Ruiz on points to become the first boxer from New Zealand to win a world heavyweight title. He then defended his crown in May when he got the decision over Razvan Cojanu, a late replacement for Fury, who proved to be a handful on the night for the home boxer.

As long as the unbeaten 25-year- old keeps hold of his title, he is sure to meet either Joshua or WBC champion Deontay Wilder in the near future as they will see him as a first step to becoming the unified heavyweight champion of the world. The Joshua team have had discussions with Parker's team in the past and would probably want to make the fight between the two young fighters in December in London.



Fury will be hoping to ruin those plans when he gets his first shot at the world title in September. The younger cousin of Tyson is unbeaten in 20 professional fights and earned the opportunity with the WBO when he defeated Fred Kassi earlier this year.

A skin condition halted Fury's progress in 2016 as he was scheduled to meet for the British title, while he was also talked about as a possible opponent for Joshua. Victory over Parker, where he is 6/5 to triumph, would really make him a leading player at heavyweight.

There is also the possibility that Tyson could make his return to action on the undercard of his cousin's bill. The former world champion has not been in the ring since he defeated Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015. The elder Fury still has aspirations to become world champion again but will need a number of warm-up fights before he is able to meet one of the leading players in the division.

Elsewhere in the heavyweight division, Joshua's rematch with Klitschko is likely to be confirmed in the next couple of weeks with that fight set to take place in Las Vegas. Joshua stopped the Ukrainian in the 11th round in an epic encounter back in April at Wembley Stadium.
 
Article By: Qadeer Ali