Hughie Fury defeats Shane McPhilbin by injury stoppage
By Scott Gilfoid Undefeated heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (9-0, 6 KO’s) defeated cruiserweight Shane McPhilbin (8-8-1, 5 KO’s) by a 1st round injury stoppage on Saturday night at the Magna Centre, Rotherham, Yorkshire, UK. The fight was halted after the end of the 1st round due to McPhilbin’s left shoulder being injury in the round.
There wasn’t enough to see anything interesting in the fight other than the 6’6″ Fury being half a foot taller than McPhilin, and much slower, and surprisingly weaker than the smaller fighter. Fury threw a mess of jabs with a few hooks, but nothing that looked impressive or showed any kind of power that you would think a fighter his size should have.
McPhilbin looked like a fighter that stumbled into the wrong ring, because he was so much smaller than Fury that it wasn’t even funny. Why Fury’s promoter would match him against a cruiserweight like McPhilbin is beyond me. Is he thinking of having Fury starve his way down to the cruiserweight in order to have him take advantage of the smaller fighters, or is this just a case of record-padding where you find a struggling fighter from a division below you and then go out and try to blow him out to get a scalp on your resume without any meaning.
From what I saw tonight I think Fury needs to go on a weight program to try and build up his upper body to try and firm it up, and develop some kind of power, because Fury is too weak to amount to anything in the heavyweight division. I know he wants to break Mike Tyson’s record for being the youngest ever heavyweight title, but it’s beyond a joke right now for Fury to accomplish that. If you push Hughie Fury into the ring at 19 or 20 to try and break Mike Tyson’s record, he’s going to get smashed to bits. The power just isn’t there for Hughie, so I hope he gives up on that idea. I think a good goal for Fury would be to try and eventually win the British heavyweight strap. That’s about as best I can see for this guy right now.