DANNY Hughes is set to go back in the ring again this weekend as he steps up his bid to climb the British heavyweight rankings.
The 25-year-old will fight an as-yet unnamed opponent from abroad on a bill in Southampton on Saturday.
Hughes beat Croatian boxer Kreso Bogdanovic in his last bout in May at the Pullman Lodge hotel in Seaburn, but the Sunderland fighter suffered a small cut above his eye which has prevented him going back into the ring until now.
Hughes is a man in a hurry after successfully shedding stones in weight this year as he looks to make the most of his undoubted potential.
He has been training on the south coast under the watchful eye of Scott Welch and wants to make a breakthrough in the next 12 months and establish himself as one of the best young heavyweight prospects in the country.
He spent last week sparring with Derek Chisora, who is set to face Tyson Fury on July 23, for the British heavyweight title.
Hughes’s trainer Tommy Conroy said: “Danny sparred with Derek and gave him a hell of a workout.
“I’m really pleased with the way he’s coming on. He didn’t look out of place in there at all.
“He was a bit sluggish in his last fight, which was understandable given how long it was since he last boxed.
“But he’s looking sharper all the time and I’m looking forward to this weekend’s fight, as is Danny.
“It’s a case of just trying to hold him back at the moment because he’s so enthusiastic.”
Anyone who wants tickets to the show in Southampton should get in touch with Tommy Conroy or Danny on 07850 434 457 or 07852 109 906.