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Tyson Fury backs cousin Hughie to hit big time in Manchester


By David Kelly

Tyson Fury made a flying visit to Belfast yesterday and made it clear that he expects the WBO heavyweight title to be back in the family's hands on September 23. Tyson's cousin Hughie challenges WBO champion Joseph Parker at the Manchester Arena on Saturday week, and the former world champion will be at ringside to roar him on.

While Tyson remains "undecided" about his own return to the ring, he is eagerly looking forward to seeing Hughie capture one of the belts he once held, following his epic victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.

Parker will be seen by many as the favourite going into the fight, due to his greater experience at this level, but Tyson believes Hughie will grab his opportunity.

"I believe this is Hughie's time. He has the breeding, the heart and the skill to beat Parker," said Tyson, who visited the St Paul's club, working out on the bag and pads.

"I have been alongside Hughie for a long time, we have shared many training camps together and I know that he has the qualities needed to become world champion.

"Of course this is a 50-50 fight and it's going to take his best performance to beat Parker, but he has that kind of performance in him.

"Parker has fought at a higher level, there's no doubt about that when you look at the two records but Hughie is ready to make the step up."

As for his own career, the former champion did not rule out a return to the ring, though was not as emphatic about fighting again as weekend reports had indicated.

"I'm undecided about it. I do want to shift a bit of this weight though!" he added.

Hughie's shot at WBO champion Parker is being screened on a pay-per-view basis on YouTube.

• Anthony Joshua cannot wait to show the lessons he learned from his epic battle with Wladimir Klitschko in his next world heavyweight title defence.

Joshua meets his IBF mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev, at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on October 28, after his planned Las Vegas rematch with Klitschko was scuppered by the Ukrainian's retirement from the sport.

Klitschko's decision denied a repeat of that brutal Wembley clash last April, which Joshua won by an 11th-round stoppage, after being knocked down earlier in the fight.

But Joshua still plans to draw on that incredible contest, saying: "I am looking forward to expressing a kind of different approach to my boxing skills.

"What I went through in my last fight was a new experience. I want to show what I have learned from that."

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