21 Feb 2017

Fury's trainer not welcome in NZ?

7:23 am on 21 February 2017

WBO heavyweight boxing champion Joseph Parker is likely to be defending the crown against mandatory contender Hughie Fury in New Zealand in April but there could be a hiccup with Hughie's father and trainer Peter being granted a visa.

Hughie Fury

Hughie Fury Photo: Supplied

Immigration New Zealand has indicated Peter will need a special exemption and character waiver due to his extensive criminal history to enter the country.

World of Boxing reports Peter was jailed for 10 years in 1995 for possession and intent to supply amphetamine - only to continue orchestrating his business from behind bars.

In 2008 he reportedly received another two years for drug-related money laundering.

In 2013, Peter's application for a visa into the USA was rejected by the immigration department and he could not work in Tyson Fury's corner against Steve Cunningham.

Parker's promoter Duco Events are confident that Peter Fury will be granted a Visa to visit New Zealand.

"He [Peter] comes across as quite a solid bloke with a good head on his shoulders…he's now just one of the world's best boxing trainers who took Tyson Fury to victory against all odds over Wladimir Klitschko. That's what he's devoting himself too," said Duco's David Higgins.