Date: 8th May 2017 at 5:35pm
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Over the weekend, Joseph Parker made a successful defence of his WBO heavyweight crown, defending it against a heavyweight he?d been sparring with until his original challenger pulled out of the fight.

That original opponent was the unbeaten British heavyweight Hughie Fury.

In the past two weeks, ever since the huge promotion at Wembley Stadium between AJ and Wladimir Klitschko, Tony Bellew has been angling for a shot at the one heavyweight champion he believes he can wrestle a genuine world heavyweight belt from.

But it seems boxing politics will, for now, thwart Bellew?s dream.

It appears that because Hughie Fury pulled out of the fight in Auckland with an injury, he still retains his mandatory status and Parker will be forced, by the WBO, to make a mandatory defence against Hughie Fury or, quite possibly, be stripped of the belt.