By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (6-0, 4 KO’s) will be fighting this Friday night against 39-year-old Croatian fighter Ivica Perkovic (19-20, 14 KO’s) in a scheduled 6 round bout at the Fairways Hotel, in Dundalk, Ireland.
It takes a second to get over the shock of seeing the god awful record that Perkovic has, but actually his record looks outstanding compared to the 18-year-old Fury’s last opponent Tomas Mrazek (7-40-6, 5 KO’s).
As you can see, Hughie’s promoter Mick Hennessy is taking it very, very easy with Hughie to the point where I don’t see how he’s getting any benefit out of the fight. How in the heck is going to help you going out there and beating on a guy that is almost 40-years-old and who has lost 6 out of his last 8 fights in the last year in Perkovic.
If Hennessy really wants Hughie to progress he’s going to have to bite the bullet and throw him in with some talents like Kubrat Pulev, Deontay Wilder and Magomed Abduslamov in order to teach Hughie how it is in the real world. You can’t feed the guy fodder and expect him to improve. He might as well be hitting a heavy bag for 6 rounds instead of fighting Perkovic because he’s going to get nothing out it.
Hughie wants to break former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s record for being the youngest heavyweight champion of the world. Mike Tyson was 20 years and 5 months when he first won a world title. For the 6’6” Hughie to eclipse that record he’s going to have to start facing opposition that can actually fight because he doesn’t have much time to start working to get a title shot.
If Hughie is dead serious about wanting to break the record, he actually has to start fighting top level opposition right now just so he can start working on getting a ranking. It’s not as if Hughie is going to be able to go from fighting guys with 7-40 and 19-20 records to get a title shot. He’ll be laughed at if he suddenly asks one of the world champions to fight him when he isn’t even ranked in the top 15 by any of the sanctioning bodies and he’s still fighting opposition with horrible records.