Hughie Fury still fighting on Klitschko-Fury undercard

By Boxing News - 10/23/2015 - Comments

hughie45By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (16-0, 8 KOs) is still fighting on the undercard of the Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) vs. Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) fight card, says trainer Peter Fury.

Hughie was previously scheduled to fight 36-year-old Nicolai Firtha (21-11-1, 8 KOs) on the undercard of Klitschko-Fury on October 24th, but after Wladimir suffered a calf injury, causing the fight to be postponed until November 28th, it was unclear if Hughie would still be on the card. But according to Peter, Hughie will be on the card fighting Firtha.

Hughie will also be fighting early next month on November 14th against an opponent still to be determined at the City Academy Sports Centre, in Bristol, Avon.

Hughie, 20, is being brought along slowly by Peter. The 6’6” Hughie needs to be brought along though, because he’s just not a big enough puncher to be thrown into the ring with someone with an inkling of punching power.

“Yes, he’s [Hughie] on the undercard and he’s also on the undercard on the 14th in Bristol,” Peter said. “He’ll be on the undercard in Germany.”

Hughie has beaten George Arias, Andriy Rudenko and Danny Hughes in his last three fights. He’s developed a hit and run fighting style, presumably to try and compensate for his lack of punching power. However, Hughie’s fighting style won’t work against the heavyweights that know how to cut off the ring, and force him to exchange with him.

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For example, if Hughie tries his hit and run style against a talent like Deontay Wilder, he’ll be spitting teeth, looking up at the lights. What this means is that Hughie is going to need to develop some punching power to be able to stand in the pocket against the top heavyweights or else. The 217lb Hughie won’t stand a chance against the best heavyweights if all he’s going to do is tap them and then run from them like it’s a game of tag.

My suggestions for young Hughie is for him to live in the weight room 24/7 so that he can try and build up some muscles on his bird-like chest, and his twig-like arms. You can kind of just look at Hughie and tell that he can punch just by seeing how underdeveloped his upper body is. This should be something that Hughie can change if he hits the weights enough, but it’s going to take some effort and some dedication. I’m not sure that Hughie has any of those things, so it’s quite possible he’ll continue to be a feather-fisted fighter in the future.

Believe it or not, Hughie had a chance for a once in a lifetime world title shot against Wilder last month, but he and Peter failed to take the fight. They wanted a full 8 weeks of training in order to agree to it. I was speechless when I learned that they didn’t accept the fight. From what I could see, Hughie would have had 7 weeks of training if he agreed to the fight right away rather than 8 weeks. So what does that tell you? I think he wanted no part in being in the same ring with the Bronze Bomber.

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