Peter Fury: Hughie can unify world titles
Trainer Peter Fury believes his son Hughie is capable of not only winning a world heavyweight title but unifying the division.
Hughie (21-1-KO11) heads for Bulgaria to take on Kubrat Pulev in an IBF final eliminator on October 27 with the winner advancing to a shot at WBA Super, WBO and IBF champion Anthony Joshua.
The 24-year-old has already challenged for a world title – suffering his sole career defeat with a controversial points decision to Joseph Parker at Manchester Arena in September 2017 – and Peter believes greatness beckons.
Peter Fury said: “I believe Hughie can unify the titles. He’s an exceptional talent and he’s getting better and better all the time.
“He’s already incredibly experienced by the age of 24. Anthony Joshua turned professional at 24 and Hughie has already been hard done by in a world title fight. He belongs on the world stage.
“Hughie turned professional at 18 and he’s already 21-1 with the loss a controversial defeat to a world champion. That’s a statement in itself. He’s an exceptional young man and I believe he’ll unify when he gets the chance.
“He isn’t a trash-talker. He doesn’t talk rubbish. He doesn’t have a bad bone in his body. All this stuff about hating other fighters is rubbish. He’s got respect for every human being. I’m proud of the way he conducts himself.
“I think if Hughie gets past Pulev then facing Joshua could happen next year. I don’t expect AJ to drop the IBF title or run from anybody.”
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GB Boxing confirms departure of Lisa Whiteside from Great Britain’s Olympic boxing programme
GB Boxing has confirmed that Lisa Whiteside has left the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) by mutual consent and has been released from her contract with immediate effect.
She will therefore not be a part of the team for the forthcoming AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in November and will not be part of the GB Boxing squad for the remainder of the 2017- 21 Tokyo Olympic cycle.
GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken explained: “Lisa has not trained a great deal with the squad since the Commonwealth Games and after much thought and discussion it became clear to both parties that she was not in a position to continue to commit to the obligations required of her as a member of the GB Boxing squad.
“We would like to thank Lisa for her years of excellent service to GB Boxing. She is world-class boxer that has consistently shown she can win medals at the highest level and we wish her the very best of luck in the future.”
Lisa Whiteside said: “I am sad to be leaving the GB Boxing World Class Programme, but I know it is the right time and I am happy to depart as Commonwealth champion.
“Being on the programme and being part of the GB Boxing family for nearly six years has been an amazing, life-changing experience. What started as a hobby turned into a career as an elite athlete and I hope I have inspired others.
“I want to express my sincere thanks to my family and my club coach, Mick Day, and all of the coaches and support staff of GB Boxing, without whom I could not have achieved what I have. I would like to wish all the boxers the best of success in the coming months and years and for Tokyo 2020.”
Flyweight, Whiteside, 33, joined the GB Boxing squad in 2012 having previously competed for England at featherweight where she had won a silver medal at the 2011 European Championships in Holland and bronze at the 2012 world championships in China.
She went on to win flyweight silver at the 2014 world championships in South Korea, narrowly losing the final on a split decision.
A serious head injury sustained in an accident outside of the ring in April 2015 threatened her career, but she returned to win a bronze medal at the 2016 European Championships in Bulgaria.
Her career highpoint came in April 2018 when she won gold at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.