DANNY “Boy” Hughes goes back in the ring this week looking to maintain his upward progress in the heavyweight division.
The Sunderland boxer will take on Lithuanian opponent Igoris Borucha at the latest North East Executive Sporting Club fight night being held in the Pullman Lodge hotel in Seaburn this Thursday.
And he hopes it will be another part of his boxing apprenticeship successfully negotiated after a year so far of solid progress.
He told the Echo: “I’m fighting some testing opponents at the moment – Borucha, for example, has never been stopped.
“And I’m going to have to have my wits about me this Thursday because the East Europeans have a deserved reputation for being tough and tricky. But it’s all part of learning my trade.
“I’ve been in with the best of British, either fighting in the ring or sparring but I’m learning all the time and opponents like this one are going to help me improve.
“I’m still only 25 but next year I think will be the biggest of my career and I’ve got to make sure that I don’t slip up along the way. For that reason I’m taking Borucha seriously and am looking to produce a good professional performance.
“From my own point of view, I’m pleased to be fighting at home and in front of my own fans in Sunderland and I’m conscious of the fact I have to deliver.”
Hughes’ trainer Tommy Conroy said: “I’ve been delighted with Danny’s application this year. The training down in Brighton did him the power of good and he’s given himself a lot of good new habits.
“He’s been training in Sunderland last few weeks and has not missed a training and looks in excellent shape.”
In the other fight on the bill, North East light-heavyweight Cash Hussain will fight Taniai Harding from Nottingham – like Hughes, over four three minute rounds.
A few tickets remain for the fight night which features Glenn McCrory as guest speaker as well as a comedian and five-course meal.
Anyone who would like to go should contact Tommy Conroy on 07850 434457 for more ticket information.