Parker vs Hughie Fury
Joseph Parker set to defend WBO heavyweight belt in NZ after Duco Events win purse bid
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Kiwi heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker is set to make the first defence of his WBO title belt in New Zealand in early April.
The promoters for the 25-year-old from south Auckland, Duco Events were the winners of a purse bid conducted by the World Boxing Organisation in Puerto Rico on Friday (Saturday NZ time).
Duco's bid for the fight against Englishman Hughie Fury was a little more than US$3 million (NZ$4.1 million).
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Hughie Fury is 20-0 as a professional but has not fought since April last year.

It was also confirmed the split of the purse would be 60-40 in favour of Parker, who has a 22-0 record as a professional and won the belt with a points victory against Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr in Auckland in December last year

.According to WBO president Paco Valcarel, the fight will take place on April 1 in Auckland.

"@ducoevents wins purse bid @joeboxerparker vs @hughiefury with $3,000,011, bout to take place on April 1st in Auckland, NZ, 60/40 purse split," Valcarel posted on Twitter.

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@DucoEvents wins purse bid @joeboxerparker vs @hughiefury with $3,000,011,bout to take place on April 1st in Auckland, NZ, 60/40 purse split
4:29 AM - 4 Feb 2017
Fury, who has a 20-0 record but has not fought since April 30 last year, is on the books of well-known boxing promoter Frank Warren. 
While also chasing a unification bout with WBC champion, American Deontay Wilder, Duco had been in negotiations with Warren and his team for some weeks.

But when the two sides were unable to broker a deal, the WBO ordered the purse bid, with a minimum of $1.38 million, between the champion and the mandatory challenger.
"The money Fury is looking for is substantially more than Ruiz Junior but I think he is probably within his rights, " Duco promoter David Higgins said earlier this week.
"Ruiz didn't have a big fan base in America and the heavyweights have been off the scene a bit.
"In the UK market British fans go to everything. Fury would generate more revenue in the UK than Ruiz would in America so they've set their price and we're negotiating on it.
"There's a reasonable chance we can make it happen here if commonsense prevails."
Parker has returned to his Las Vegas base and resumes training this week, cutting short his holiday in New Zealand by more than two weeks.
The WBO belt-holder believed it was important he got back to training and began to focus on his next fight, especially given he estimated he had put on five to six kilograms since his title triumph.
"He's never headlined a card or fought on pay-per-view," Parker said earlier this week.
"It's a world title so he thinks he deserves a lot more money than I think he does. Home advantage would be more important [than money]."
 - Stuff
I'd love it if Frank Warren brought a few of his stable of fighters over and there were some kiwi vs Brit fights. Some could even be for commonwealth titles.
Woo! Let's go champ!
(02-04-2017, 11:38 AM)craigyid14 Wrote: I'd love it if Frank Warren brought a few of his stable of fighters over and there were some kiwi vs Brit fights. Some could even be for commonwealth titles.

And add a few Arum fights and you've got an undercard.
I wouldn't expect a huge undercard. I'm guessing most of the money has been spent on the main event.
Parker 115-113 in a fight that never catches fire and the decision to be discussed and analyzed for 2 weeks pist fight
The armchair experts who said the Ruiz fight would be Parkers last in NZ were proved to be wrong ,
as was the nonsensical notion that Parker must take this fight to the UK so that the public learns who Joe Parker is.
Frank Warren and team Fury were expecting to win hosting rights, they wont admit as much publicly but losing the purse bid will be a blow to their chances.
Parker by early KO
After which the fans celebrate
while the naysayers write it off as not being any kind of achievement
His young opponent hadn't fought for a year and was stepped up too soon
Well done, Duco, for looking after your fighter. I see a UD for Parker in an uneventful fight, mainly because Hughie stays away from him, and ties him up.
Duco boss says location for Joseph Parker title defence against Hughie Fury still to be locked in

Joseph Parker won the WBO heavyweight belt with a points decision over Andy Ruiz Jr in Auckland in December.

Joseph Parker's promoters want their man to fight Hughie Fury in New Zealand but say their successful purse bid for the WBO title fight is no guarantee the Kiwi heavyweight's first defence will be on home soil.

Duco Events won the rights to the bout between Parker and mandatory challenger Fury with a bid of a little more than US$3 million (NZ$4.1 million) at World Boxing Organisation headquarters in Puerto Rico on Friday (Saturday NZ time).

The bid was $200,000 more than the number pitched by the promoter of Fury, Frank Warren, and the 60-40 purse split in Parker's favour guaranteed him a pay-day of around $2.4 million regardless of the result.

Hughie Fury is 20-0 as a professional but has not fought since April last year.

WBO president Paco Valcarel had posted on social media that the fight would be in Auckland on April 1.

Duco director David Higgins confirmed early April was their preferred time against the 20-0 Englishman but indicated the location remained less certain.

"The reason we wanted to win was so we would have choice of where, when and what to suit Team Parker but that doesn't mean [the fight will be in New Zealand]," he said, adding the situation would be clearer in around two weeks time.

"This is not without risk. The costs are high and now we are into process of analysing where to hold it and what the revenues and costs are.

"We need to work out what the best option is for the team but fighting at home is nice. We'd be silly not to favour that."

Taking the fight to Samoa, who provided generous funding for Parker's title-securing win against Andy Ruiz Jr in December, was not off the table, while Higgins said Singapore had also expressed interest in playing host.

The likely location, though, if not New Zealand would be Fury's home-town of Manchester.

Parker is yet to fight in the United Kingdom, where the boxing market is booming, and holding the bout there would give the Kiwi valuable exposure ahead of the fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko on April 29 for the IBF and WBA heavyweight straps.

Higgins saw the irony in potentially taking the fight to England, especially given his feeling from unsuccessful negotiations that Fury "didn't want to come to New Zealand under any circumstances".

But he reiterated their approach would be to take the best option with regard to risk and return.

"If Joseph beats or knockouts Fury his stocks in the UK will go through the roof and then several mega-events are in the pipeline, including potentially a unification with the winner of Joshua vs Klitschko.

"You could also look at [former champion] Tyson Fury avenging his cousin's loss and taking his title back, you could unify with [WBC champion] Deontay Wilder and there is David Haye.

"Any one of those is a massive event you could hold as soon as June or July."

Asked if Parker was concerned with having home advantage, Higgins did not believe where the bout was would affect their "mentally tough" fighter.

Parker had fought in Germany on a Klitschko under-card and in the US in compiling his 22-0 record and "all over the world" as an amateur, Higgins said.

The 25-year-old from south Auckland and trainer Kevin Barry returned to their Las Vegas training base last weekend and Higgins said they were delighted and relieved to prevail in a purse bid process he described as a highly memorable experience.

After a mountain of number-crunching between himself, fellow Duco director Dean Lonergan and their accountants, Higgins opted not to go to Puerto Rico.

It was important he was not stuck in the air as negotiations rumbled on and although the two parties had not been able to come to terms during the final days and hours, Higgins was "over the moon" all their work had paid off.

"The temptation is to push [your bid] higher and higher, which you inevitably do," he said. "You end up with a figure you think is high enough but also not so high that you will take a bath is your forecasts are wrong.

"We held our nerve and thankfully our budgets, guesstimates and forecasts were accurate and we just managed to just edge them out."

- Stuff

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