The Big Question: Parker vs Fury - who wins?

Boxing Monthly
22/09/2017 2:45pm

Joseph Parker faces Hughie Fury on Saturday night in a WBO heavyweight title showdown. We asked James Oddy, Colin Harris, Michael Montero and Luke G. Williams which pugilist they think will prevail...

I had, and to a certain extent still have, high hopes for Hughie Fury but you can't deny his career has been a stop-start affair. That might have been due to lots of bad luck with injury and illness, but there’s no denying it has hampered him. Joseph Parker may have appeared underwhelming recently but he has been way more active than Hughie and, in my opinion, Carlos Takam and Andy Ruiz Jr are better than anyone on Fury's CV. I think Parker might win a close, cagey affair on points in a bout that struggles to catch fire. I also expect a rematch after the points win is viewed by some as controversial. - James Oddy

Hughie is not Tyson - he hasn't had the same career progression and is very undeserving of the mandatory position, to be honest. I'm sure he'll give it his all and I doubt he'll be disgraced at all - indeed, I expect his stock to rise in defeat. Although Parker has gone off the boil in his two WBO fights so far, before that he was being touted as a major prospect and the biggest, young, long-term threat to Anthony Joshua. So Parker on points, in a slightly disappointing performance which will lead to bigger things. - Colin Harris

Fury has not fought since April 2016, meanwhile Parker has fought five times in that span. I like the Kiwi on points in a sloppy affair. - Michael Montero

Around a year ago many were tipping Joshua vs Parker as a potential 50-50 heavyweight showdown for the future. However, the New Zealander was unimpressive and over cautious against Andy Ruiz Jr in the bout that won him the vacant WBO crown, and the less said about his May defence against Razvan Cojanu the better... While Parker's stock has slumped, Joshua's soared in victory against Wladimir Klitschko and I suspect that few would now be willing to bet against the Englishman should he meet the big Kiwi soon. All of which should give Hughie Fury grounds for hope, although it's hard to confidently predict victory for someone who has been as inactive as the 23-year-old has. While it wouldn't greatly surprise me if Hughie and his father Peter have produced some kind of tactical masterclass which enables them to edge a narrow points victory, the sensible pick remains Parker on points. - Luke G. Williams