The much-talked WBO heavyweight championship fight is finally official with a set date.

The WBO champion Joseph Parker and mandatory challenger Hughie Fury will fight on September 23rd in Manchester.

Fury was originally scheduled to fight Parker earlier this year but the younger cousin of Tyson Fury had to pull out due to a back injury. Before the world title fight, Fury will take a warm-up fight on July 8th at the Copper Box Arena.

For Parker, this will be his first fight in the UK and fifth fight outside of New Zealand. Their original bout was scheduled to take place in New Zealand on May 6th but Parker isn’t fussed about the fact that he now has to defend his title on enemy territory.

“The idea of going to the UK is something I am looking forward to, and no I don’t hold any grudges (about Fury not coming to NZ on May 6), I just go in there respect my opponent and do what I have to do. That’s going in there and win the fight and defend my title and keep it here,” said Parker according to