DANNY ‘Boy’ Hughes kept his boxing career on track last night with a comfortable victory over Lithuanian journeyman Igoris Borucha.
The 25-year-old heavyweight from Castletown was a comfortable points victor – taking the four three-minute round contest on a 40-36 decision – and has still to lose a contest outside the Sky Prizefighter format.
Now he will look to begin stepping up in class as his apprenticeship in the division begins to come to the end.
He told the Echo today: “I enjoyed the fight.
“I always felt in control and I knew at the end that I’d won every round.
“But he was a tough little nut and a cagey fighter so I think he was good opponent to face in terms of learning how to deal with someone like that.
“I managed to wobble him a couple of times and I could feel his legs going, but he hung on and made sure he didn’t go down.” Hughes’ win was the centrepiece of the latest North East Executive Sporting Club fight night at the Pullman Lodge hotel in Seaburn and his next fight could be at the same venue with the Club due to hold its next boxing event in November.
But Hughes and his manager Tommy Conroy are also looking at a potential fight over a longer format against unbeaten European opposition.
Danny said: “It’s important I learn my trade before I start stepping up through the ranks but I know that I’m reaching the stage now where I’ll be looking to do that.
“It’s exciting because I’m eager to press on but I also understand that you’ve got to walk before you run and you need to be patient.
“I’m still a very young person in this division and it’s important I take my time.” In the other half of the fight-night bill, North East light heavyweight Cash Hussain was a late withdrawal from his fight with Nottingham’s Taniai Harding after failing a medical.
Instead, promoter Conroy featured several amateur bouts on the bill
He said: “It’s the first time I’ve staged professional and amateur fights on the same bill.
“Traditionally the pros and the amateurs have always been kept separate but the pressure has been building for some time now to host them on the same bill and in doing that last night at Seaburn, we’ve opened the door for more of that in the future.
“The sport is changing and it has to respond and I think most people in the game now understand that mixed bills of pros and amateurs is going to be the way forward.”