Fury plotting Joshua fight

11 April 2017 10:53:49 EST
Hughie Fury is looking to follow in the footsteps of his cousin Tyson by being crown heavyweight world champion.

Hughie Fury has predicted that he will face Anthony Joshua in a heavyweight unification title fight after he grabs the WBO strap from Joseph Parker in May.

The 22-year-old is preparing to head to New Zealand to challenge Parker for his belt in the hope of emulating his cousin Tyson, who defeated Wladimir Klitschko to become world champion in November 2015.

Much like his older relative, Hughie Fury is unbeaten in 20 professional fights, recording half of his wins via knockout.

In Parker he is facing a man who has only had 22 fights, winning all of those, 18 via KO, on his way to capturing the WBO title in a clash with John Ruiz Jr last December.

He is now preparing for the first defence of his championship in his hometown of Auckland and is 4/7 to win the contest, while Fury is 11/8.

The challenger has predicted he will down Parker on May 6 and take his belt before returning to the UK to face compatriot Joshua in a major unification contest.

"Hopefully Joshua comes through and I come through and then that would be a great fight for British fans," he said.  

"The heavyweight division is buzzing at the moment and it's great to be part of it.  

"I have a tough fight coming up against Parker but if I win then I'll be in a great position.

"I am massively confident that I can go there and cause an upset. I wouldn't be going all that way if I thought I couldn't win and bring the belt back to Manchester."

Joshua has his own major challenge to think of before he can consider his next opponent as he continues his build up to the Wembley mega fight with Klitschko on April 29.

The unbeaten 27-year-old holds the IBF belt and could add the WBA Super title and the IBO strap to his collection if he beats the Ukrainian.

AJ is 1/2 to win the bout later this month, while former undisputed champion Klitschko is 9/5.

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