Parker to meet Fury in Manchester

Joseph Parker

Joseph Parker will make the second defence of his WBO world heavyweight title against Hughie Fury at the Manchester Arena this September.

Parker's fight with Fury, who is the mandatory challenger to the title, will be his first in the UK as the New Zealander continues to defend his undefeated record (23-0-KO18).

Fury, who will be fighting for his cousin Tyson's old belt, will also be defending an unbeaten record (20-0-KO10) when the pair meet later this year.

"I'm very much looking forward to this fight," said Parker. "It's been a long time coming but the contract is signed thanks to my promoter David Higgins and I am ready to get going.

"We're looking forward to going over to the UK and making a statement and putting on a great show."

Both fighters were originally due to fight in Auckland in May but Fury pulled out two weeks before the bout citing a back injury as the reason.

Fury was bullish about his chances and believes in his ability with the fight taking place in his hometown.

"I've never had a close fight," said Fury. "I've won every round of every single fight.

"I'm going to let my fists do the talking and I'm going to take his belt home with me."