By Tim Ackermann: Undefeated heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (15-0, 8 KOs) will be looking to add another victory to his win column this Saturday night in a 10 round fight against the much more experienced 41-year-old George Arias (56-12, 43 KOs) at the Derby Arena, Derby, Derbyshire.
If the 20-year-old Hughie wins this fight, he has a chance of fighting on the undercard of the October 24th card in Dusseldorf, Germany, headlined by Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury. There was talk of Hughie’s father Peter Fury wanting to get a big name for Hughie to fight on the card, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.
Hughie will eventually be taking a step up in class at some point in the future, but for the time being he’s going to be kept at this level of facing journeyman level opposition.
Hughie will have a big seven inch height advantage over the 5’11” Arias, and that should be more than enough for him to control the fight from the outside all night long.
Arias has been in with a lot of well-known names from the past such as Taras Bidenko, Denis Boytsov, Fabrice Tiozzo, Owen Beck, Audley Harrison, Fres Oquendo, Johnny Nelson, Marcelo Fabian Dominguez, and Juan Carlos Gomez. He lost to them all, but he at least got a lot of experience in fighting them.
If nothing else, Arias should be ab le to give Hughie some rounds. Arias has a good chin so there’s little chance of the 6’6” Hughie being able to score a knockout in this fight. Hughie has decent punching power, but he’s not a big puncher like Harrison was or Anthony Joshua.
If the 20-year-old Hughie is going to develop his power later on in his career then he’s going to need to hit the weights hard because right now he’s more of a slapper. That doesn’t mean he won’t someday develop some power, but for now he’s underequipped in that department. It’s important for Hughie to increase his power because when he starts facing the better heavyweights, he’ll need some power for him to hold them off.
In his last fight, Hughie got his biggest win of his career in defeating Andriy Rudenko by a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision last February. Hughie used movement, a hard jab and right hands to control the fight and prevent Rudenko from crowding him. It showed a lot of growth for Hughie to defeat a guy like this because Rudenko had recently given Lucas Browne all he could handle in losing a 12 round decision to him in September of last year.