Peter Fury will be in his son’s corner on May 6th after being granted a special visa which allowing him to enter New Zealand for Hughie Fury’s challenge of WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker in Auckland.
Peter Fury had been initially denied entry on character grounds, because of his two trips to prison for drug-related offences. It was revealed that Associate Minister of Immigration David Bennett decided to grant Peter Fury a visitor visa to New Zealand. The visa is for the period of March 28 – May 10.
“This is a national sporting event with worldwide interest, and Mr Fury is the trainer of Hughie Fury,” Bennett said to Fairfax Media. “While the decision to decline the initial application was correct according to Immigration New Zealand instruction, in this case, under section 17 of the Immigration Act 2009, I am granting a special direction to grant the visitor visa to Mr Fury.”
Duco Events promoter David Higgins, who handles Parker and is staging the event, was very pleased with the decision. “He’s no risk,” Higgins said.
“He’s devoted himself to training world champion boxers for the past 10 years, as evidence with Tyson Fury defeating Wladimir Klitschko for the world heavyweight title.”