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Timing could scuttle Deontay Wilder vs. Hughie Fury

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Hughie Fury (R) fighting Matthew Greer in February 2014. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images.

Hughie Fury (R) fighting Matthew Greer in February 2014. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images.

 

There were reports on Monday that WBC heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder had made an offer to fight unbeaten British prospect Hughie Fury but the suggested date for such an event could be a terminal sticking point.

According to Peter Fury, father and trainer of the 20-year-old Hughie, his fighter will be more than happy to accept the challenge, providing he has adequate time to prepare. Team Wilder has allegedly said four weeks, whereas Team Fury will need at least eight.

“We’ve asked for more time but haven’t heard anything,” said Peter Fury, who is currently preparing nephew Tyson to face heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in October.

“Of course my lad would take the Wilder fight, with it being for the WBC title, but only when he’s had a proper training camp and that’s not much to ask for.”

Hughie Fury (16-0, 8 knockouts) was the first British fighter ever to win super heavyweight gold at the youth amateur world championships (2012). The 6-foot-6 Englishman comes from great stock and has completed hundreds of rounds of sparring with cousin Tyson, as well as American veteran Eddie Chambers.

On the flipside, Fury has had long periods of inactivity over the last two years and has never mixed with anything resembling world-class competition as a professional.

The undefeated Wilder (34-0, 33 knockouts) is coming off a ninth-round stoppage of Eric Molina in June.

Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing

 

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