As I reported here, ‘Big Baby’ Jarrell Miller was planned as Kubrat Pulev’s next opponent. The bout was set to be the IBF title eliminator, with the winner becoming mandatory challenger to Anthony Joshua. Miller was not willing to travel to Bulgaria for the bout though.
Word came out yesterday that he has turned down the fight. In response to this, the IBF have replaced Miller with 5th place in the rankings, Hughie Fury. Alexander Povetkin was ranked above Fury but he has already signed to face Joshua due to the WBA’s demands.
Fury no doubt leapt at the chance to box in a world title eliminator. Despite an impressive record of 21 wins, his only world title fight was a somewhat lackluster losing effort against Joseph Parker. The loss remains the only one on his record.
In the build-up to his shot at the WBO championship, Fury promised that his family would soon rule the division again. His brother Tyson is of course a former unified champion and has recently returned to the fold.
Fury will look to restart their campaign of unifying the division, with the chance to become IBF mandatory.
Source: Boxing News 24