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Hughie Fury withdraws from May 9th title fight against Joseph Parker

Fury has not fought since last April

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

The Fury clan’s bizarre relationship with world title fights continues.

Hughie Fury, who was booked to challenge WBO Heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker on May 9th, has pulled out of the fight, citing a back injury that flared up around three weeks ago. The fight, originally booked for April 1st, was pushed back a month due to Team Fury delaying their signing of the contract.

The card is, as of now, still on, with Parker on the lookout for an opponent who can “put up a fight.” The New Zealand Herald floated the prospect of him facing Dominic Breazeale, who stopped Parker training partner Izo Ugonoh earlier this year.

Breazeale appears game.

I’d honestly be very surprised if they tried to put this fight back together at a later date. Despite knowing about the injury for three weeks, Team Fury offered zero contingencies for if Hughie couldn’t train through it, leaving Duco Events with very little time with which to salvage the event.

We’ll bring word when and if they manage to scrounge up a replacement.

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