Hughie Fury vs. David Gegeshidze on November 8th
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated heavyweight Hughie Fury (11-0, 6 KO’s) will be back in the ring next month against 32-year-old David Gegeshidze (10-4-1, 2 KO’s) on November 8th in a scheduled 6th round bout at the City Academy Sports Centre, Bristol, Avon, UK.
Gegeshidze’s resume is deceiving to say the least. You look at it and assume that Hughie’s getting a good opponent, but once you realize that Gegeshidze’s wins have come against against entirely mediocre opposition, then you have to throw out every win he has and seem him as a 0-0 novice because there’s no on his resume that is recognizable. For example, Gegeshidze’s last three wins have come against Nodar Khanishvili (4-16, 1 KO’s), Zurab Shatakishvili (6-12, 2 KO’s), and Imeda Sibashvili (2-9). Those are fighters with incredibly bad records, so I don’t know how or why Gegeshidze is even being considered as an opponent for Hughie because what is he going to get from beating someone like this? Before Gegeshidze fought those three guys, he’d been out of boxing for four years from 2008-2012. Before Gegeshidze went on a four year break from the sport, he’d lost four straight fights against little known opposition.
Gegeshidze has been stopped three times in his four losses. That should in theory mean that Hughie has a good chance of stopping him. However, Hughie is showing that he doesn’t have a lot of power like his cousin Tyson Fury. I can see this fight going to the score cards like Hughie’s last two fights agaisnt Dorian Darch and Hrvoje Kisicek. Hughie landed his best shots on the chin of those fighters and he couldn’t budge them.
Maybe it’s a problem with Hughie’s feet placement when he throws his shots because he has a habit of standing straight up and he seems to keep him from generating any power on his shots. Of course, I think it wouldn’t hurt Hughie if he went on a weight program and started with some protein power to build up some muscles on upper body. Hughie looks like he could use some help in the gym. When you compare Hughie’s physique to guys like Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder, you can see right away that Hughie lacks the muscles that those guys have.
Lennox Lewis was a beanpole when he first turned pro in 1989 and he put on a lot of muscle quickly. Lewis was also a puncher from the get go, and really didn’t need to put a lot of muscle on in order to punch harder. But once Lewis did fill out, he ended up being a huge slugger.
According to Boxing News, Michael Sprott and Matt Skelton were both offered a fight against the 19-year-old Hughie but the answer was no. I find that kind of hard to believe those guys would turn down a fight against Hughie. Those guys would be chomping at the bit to get a shot against someone like Hughie, because he’s not a big puncher and he doesn’t have the kind of experience that could give those guys problems. It’s not that I think Sprott or Skelton are good heavyweights, but I see them as being better than Hughie, and more than willing to take a fight against him.