Hughie Fury vs. Hrvoje Kisicek today
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (10-0, 6 KO’s) continues with his chase today of Mike Tyson’s record for being the youngest heavyweight champion to ever win a world strap. Fury, 19, will be facing little known Croatian fighter Hrvoje Kisicek (4-5, 1 KO’s) in a scheduled 6 round bout at the Hermitage Leisure Centre, Whitwick, Leicestershire, United Kingdom.
Mike Tyson was just 20-years-old when he first captured a world heavyweight title in beating Trevor Berbick in 1986. For the 19-year-old Hughie to eclipse that record, he’s going to have to push his promoter to start putting him in with live bodies because the guys they’ve been carting out for him to fight aren’t going to get young Hughie a title shot. I mean, this isn’t like a Rocky movie where Apollo Creed looks for un-ranked Rocky Balboa to give him a title shot just for the heck of it.
The 6’6″ Hughie is going to have to start fighting and beating quality heavyweights, and I hate to say it but I consider Kisicek to be in that category. The guy has a mess of losses in his last 7 fights, and I can’t understand why Hughie is being put in with him instead of someone that can actually help him get ranked.
In Kisicek’s last four fights, he’s fought Ismail Abdoul (47-27), Ivica Cukusic (7-73), Marcin Brzeski (3-0) and Hrvoje Bozinovic (0-7). Not surprisingly, Kisicek beat Cukusic, by it is a bit jarring that he’s fighting someone with a record like that.
Hughie has beaten Dorian Darch, Shane McPhilbin, Moses Matovu and Ivica Perkovic. They’ve been taking it easy on Hughie by putting him in with stiffs for some reason. I’m not sure what he’s going to get out of fighting a bunch of easy opponents, because most of them are pretty much crumbling immediately as soon as he starts throwing a few punches. What we don’t want to see if Hughie with an inflated 40-0 record getting a title shot and getting starched immediately. That’s why you’re supposed to be steadily moving up fighters against better and better opposition with each fight. It doesn’t look like that’s happening with Fury, because Kisicek is a clear step down from Darch and McPhilbin.