23 Jun 2017

Fury set to return to the ring

6:18 am on 23 June 2017

The British boxer Hughie Fury has confirmed he'll return to the ring on July 8th in London.

Hughie Fury and Joseph Parker

Hughie Fury and Joseph Parker Photo: Supplied / Photosport

The younger cousin of former Unified World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury was due to challenge WBO Heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker for his belt last month in New Zealand but was forced to postpone when he injured his back.

"I can't wait to get back under the lights and do what I do best," said Fury.

"I was disappointed to miss out my shot against Parker but this is boxing and injuries happen all of the time. I will get my shot at the WBO Heavyweight belt later this year and follow in the footsteps of Tyson."

Trainer Peter Fury said: "Hughie has recovered from the back injury that kept him out of his World title fight with Parker and he is itching to get back in the ring next month.

"We are treating this fight as a warm-up to the big one later this year, the division is certainly opening up with plenty of opportunities and we are confident that Hughie is going to figure dominantly for years to come."

Promoter Frank Warren said: "Furie needs to get this warm-up fight out of the way before he faces Parker later in the year. I am confident that the WBO Heavyweight belt will once again be in possession of the Fury family come the end of the year."