DANNY ‘Boy’ Hughes is set to return to the ring next month when he fights for the first time in a year-and-a-half.
The Sunderland heavyweight will be on the under-card of the bill headed by Jon-Lewis Dickinson and Glenn Foot at the Rainton Meadows Arena in April.
And trainer Tommy Conroy hopes it is the start of a new chapter for the Castletown Kid who has yet to fulfil his full potential.
Conroy told the Echo: “I was happy to take the fight for Danny because it’s a chance for him to get back into it.
“He’s at the stage where he really needs to get going again and if he successfully comes through this fight then hopefully he’ll start boxing regularly again.”
The 26-year-old last fought in September 2011 when he fought Lithuania’s Igor Borucha, comfortably outpointing the journeyman over four three minute rounds.
That extended the 6ft 5ins Wearsider’s record to 10 wins, two draws and two defeats in his professional career with his only losses both coming in the Sky Prizefighter competition, where he lost on points to Audley Harrison in 2009 and Michael Sprott in 2010.
After the Sprott defeat he recorded three straight wins, but has been inactive for the last 18 months and is currently undergoing intensive training in order to be ready for the next Phil Jeffries-promoted fight night at the Rainton Meadows on Friday, April 19.
Conroy said: “Danny has been in every day this week and every day last week too working on getting himself into the best shape possible.
“On top of that, we’ve had the help of extra coaches – one working on weights, one working on overall fitness – and to be fair to Danny he’s really thrown himself into it.
“That’s good because we’ve taken the fight at short notice and he has to be ready.
“But it’s also good because it gives him something to focus on and work towards.”
Hughes’ opponent has yet to be confirmed but it is another attraction on what will be a big night in North East boxing, once again broadcast nationally and internationally by Loaded TV.
Jeffries said: “It’s a packed bill as it is but I’ve always liked Danny and it’s great to have another local lad getting an opportunity on the bill.
“He’s a very strong lad and a powerful puncher and fans always love to see a heavyweight contest.”
Anyone who wants tickets for the show can contact Danny on 07852 109 906.