AN unlikely shot at WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has been dangled before 16-0 prospect Hughie Fury.
His father and trainer Peter Fury told Boxing News, “It’s come from one of our people in America that it’s come to us if we’d be interested in it.”
Fury’s response however was that he needs more than four weeks to prepare. “With the time to prepare, he’d take it,” Peter continued. “I got in the message [that it would be in] about four weeks. I said that’s not long enough.”
More realistically Hughie would need seven to eight weeks. “If we got that much time we’d be interested. Mainly to sort out sparring partners and stuff like that. He needs a proper camp for the opportunity. We’re not going to rush into anything. If we had the right preparations of course we would take it.
“He’d only be taking this fight because the opportunity’s come for a world title fight. He’s got a chance like anybody else but ideally he’s probably a few years away.”
It seems as though the Fury name is now known in the boxing world. Hughie’s cousin Tyson Fury challenge world champion Wladimir Klitschko on October 24 in Dusseldorf. Hughie is expected to box on the undercard. “He’s back boxing regular, he’s fighting tough men as well,” Peter continued. “[His last opponent, George] Arias was very difficult because he was on him with a very good defence, so it was hard to penetrate. We knew that he was durable, we knew that he would get 10 rounds out of him. It went very well.
“We will look to step him up again [on October 24]. We’re just looking at names but it definitely has to be a top ranked opponent, definitely somebody in the top 10 in the world.”