Hughie Fury vs. Moses Matovu tonight in Belfast, Northern Ireland
By Scott Gilfoid: 18-year-old heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (2-0, 2 KO’s) will be looking for this third straight win tonight against 36-year-old journeyman Moses Matovu (4-26-3) in a scheduled 4 round bout at the City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Fury’s promoter is taking it really easy on the 6’6” Fury because of the risk involved in putting a green fighter like him against someone that can actually fight.
Matovu has lost his last 12 fights and he fights in the cruiserweight division, not the heavyweight division. He doesn’t have one knockout on his resume despite having fought 33 times in the past.
Fury gets hit a lot, which is probably the reason why Matovu was selected. It’s not good to put a fighter with limited defensive skills in with someone with power at this stage in their careers because bad things can happen.
Hughie is coming off of a 1st round knockout win over Alex Rozman last April. There wasn’t much resistance from Rozman and it hardly counts as an actual fight because Rozman looked more like a punching bag than an opponent.
Fury, the cousin of heavyweight contender Tyson Fury, seems to dish it out pretty well.
He’s got decent power and a good jab. Actually, Hughie’s jab is the best thing that he’s going for him because his left hook and right hand leave a lot to be desired. It’s still early yet and it’s possible he can develop his man strength as he gets older, but he looks very mature for someone only 18.
When you look at his face and body, he looks like someone in their late 20s. When I first saw Hughie, I could have sworn up and down he was 28.
Hopefully, it doesn’t mean that Hughie is aging quickly and has a short shelf life but you never know. There are a lot of fighters that are in their prime the moment they turn pro and by the time they reach 28, they’re completely shot.
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