Hughie Fury defeats Danny Hughes, but looks poor
By Scott Gilfoid: In what could be the worst outing of his career, heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (14-0, 8 KO’s) had to struggle to defeat Danny Hughes (12-3-2, 3 KO’s) by an 8 round points decision on Saturday night at the Ponds Forge Arena, in Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. The referee scored it 79-74. After the fight the 19-year-old Hughie said “He was awkward.”
Surprisingly, Hughes was the bigger puncher of the two, which you think would be hard to believe considering that he came into the fight with just a measly 3 knockouts on his resume. It was pretty clear after the 1st round that Hughes had more power than Fury. As the fight progressed, Hughes was able to catch Fury with an occasional big shot while he was on his way in.
The fight lacked action in the first 4 rounds, as both guys seemed timid and unable to let their hands ago. Fury was mostly jabbing and using a lot of head movement on the outside. Fury might as well have not moved his head at all, because Hughes was throwing almost nothing back at him except when Fury would charge him. In those instances, Hughes would catch Fury with shots while he was coming in and when he’d retreat. Fury was lunging constantly, and looking sloppy, slow and weak. Fury would charge forward, miss with his shots, and then grab Hughes with a clinch. While in close, Fury would throw shots to the side of Hughes head. It was real basic stuff from Fury with no power behind it, and hardly worth it.
In the 7th and 8th rounds, Hughes was able to nail Fury with some nice right hands and left hooks while he was charging forward. At point point, Hughes landed a big right hand that had Fury cringing and covering up.
All in all, Fury looked really poor in this fight and showed nothing that would indicate that he’s going anywhere in the heavyweight division. Not having speed is one thing, but he also lacks power. You’re not going to go anywhere in the heavyweight division without power and speed.
Hughie needs to hit the weights in a big way to try and develop some power, because he’s unable to crack eggs with the power that he has on his shots right now. You know things are bad when an opponent with just 3 knockouts on his record has more power than Hughie. Developing power is a tricky thing though, because a lot of fighters are unable to ever gain any additional strength even though they word hard on their form and spend hours each day lifting weights. But then again some fighters are able to gain a great deal of punching power by lifting weights. At this point I think it wouldn’t hurt Fury to spend 2-3 hours daily lifting weights to try and develop some power with his upper body, because he doesn’t seem to be progressing in the power department.
Also on the card super bantamweight Kid Galahad stopped Fred Mundraby by a 4th round stoppage. It was a total mismatch and not very interesting to watch. After the fight, Galahad said he’d like to fight Scott Quigg.