Hughes fired up to halt Fury

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DANNY “Boy” Hughes goes into the ring for the first time in almost a year tomorrow hoping to put his boxing career back on track by derailing red-hot favourite Hughie Lewis Fury in a televised show.

Teenage Manchester heavyweight Fury has a record of 13 straight wins and is out to showcase all his skills against the Sunderland scrapper at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield in the show’s top-of-the-bill bout.

The 28-year-old Hughes takes his record of 12 wins, two draws and two defeats into the ring believing he can spring a major surprise and upset the odds.

So far, Hughes has not been stopped in his 16 fight professional career and the losses on his record have come over three rounds to Audley Harrison and Michael Sprott in two separate Prizefighter tournaments.

Although his fights have been few and far between in recent years, Hughes goes into the contest having won his last five fights.

Hughes’s manager, Phil Jeffries, told the Echo: “It’s a big moment for Danny and he’s trained hard for it.

“I know that Fury is expected to win, but Danny fancies his chances and people should remember he’s not been knocked down and when he hits, he hits hard.”

Fury’s trainer and father, Peter, added: “It’s a good step up for Hughie and it’s a good fight.

“Danny’s coming to win, he’s a big lad, he’s 6ft 5in tall and 17-and-a-half to 18 stone, a genuine heavyweight who has been training hard.”

Fury’s last outing saw him stop American Matthew Greer inside two rounds, knocking him down three times with body shots in the second round.

He will be looking for a repeat against Hughes, but the Wearsider plans to surprise him.

Promoter Mick Hennessy said: “At 19, Hughie is handling opponents with tremendous maturity and I’m looking forward to seeing him face Danny.

“I know Danny is training hard and coming to win, so I think we’re set for another display of fireworks.”

The bout is being fought over eight, three-minute rounds, and will be televised on Channel 5.