DANNY ‘Boy’ Hughes’ long-awaited fight with rising heavyweight star Hughie Fury has been postponed for a THIRD time – but the disappointment has a silver lining for the Sunderland boxer.
The 28-year-old from Castletown has just switched trainers to link up with Davey Binns of East Durham College in Peterlee and the pushing back of the bout to a Leeds venue on Monday, May 12, will give Hughes and Binns the chance to work on training, technique and strategy over the next five weeks.
Binns told the Echo: “I’ve just taken Danny on and with his fight scheduled to take place in just over a week’s time, I could have helped him a bit but not much in such a short space of time.
“With it now being held almost in mid-May, there’s a lot more that we can do that should be to Danny’s benefit.”
Hughes has been desperate to get in the ring with the 19-year-old Fury – whose dream is to become the youngest world heavyweight champion in boxing history – since before Christmas.
The Stockport scrapper is a man on a mission with the 6ft 6ins teenager having had 13 fights and 13 wins in just over a year as he works on his ambition of beating Mike Tyson’s record of becoming the youngest world heavyweight champion at the age of 20 years and four months.
Injuries, though, have threatened to derail the fighter’s ambitions, with his original fight with Hughes in mid-November having to be postponed by the man from the North West.
Hughes and Fury were originally due to meet in a venue in Kent in mid-November, then the date was switched to March 22 and then to the Copper Box in east London on April 12 – each time the fight postponed through injury problems sustained by Fury.
Now the fight, which has been taken over 10 three-minute rounds, is due to take place on Monday, May 12, on a boxing bill which will be screened on Channel 5.
And Binns says he wants Hughes in the best shape of his life when he goes into the ring against the younger brother of boxing star Tyson Fury.
“What I see in Danny is untapped potential and it’s up to me to bring it out of him,” said Binns of the 6ft 5ins boxer, who has had 16 professional fights - 12 wins, two draws, two defeats.
“That’s no disrespect to any of the trainers that have gone before me with Danny because I know a lot of good people have worked with him in the past.
“I’m just looking to get the best out of him I can. It’s never good to be breaking up with a trainer going into a big fight.
“And it’s never good taking on a new trainer going into a big fight.
“But hopefully we’ve avoided both those pitfalls.
“We’ve got more than five weeks to work on Danny and I wouldn’t have taken him on if I didn’t think he had the potential to beat Fury.”