DANNY ‘Boy’ Hughes has been forced to pull out of his planned fight on Wearside later this week after sustaining an injury in training.
The Sunderland heavyweight was due to fight on the latest North East Executive Sporting Club fight night at the Pullman Lodge in Seaburn later this week but has sprained his wrist working on the punchbag in training.
Trainer Tommy Conroy explained: “It’s just one of those things – Danny felt pain in a session on Friday night and thought he’d recover over the weekend.
“But it was still causing him some discomfort yesterday and reluctantly we’ve had to withdraw him from the bill.
“It’s annoying for the lad but it’s always a case of better safe than sorry with these sort of things. Danny has learned before that unless he’s 100 per cent there’s always the danger that he’ll struggle to do himself justice, so he’s accepted the situation.”
Hughes, and former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Scott Welch – who has been helping the Castletown fighter get in shape in Brighton – plan to be at the fight night this Thursday, which will feature Ashington middleweight Ian Turnbull’s latest bout.
A Czech opponent, Tomas Mrazek, had been lined up to fight Hughes but that contest has now been put on hold until the Sunderland boxer is ready to go into the ring again.
It was the second disappointment for Hughes in a week after a planned bout on a London show was cancelled after the event was postponed.
“It’s frustrating for Danny because he’s lost a lot of weight and he’s got into good shape in Brighton.
A few tickets still remain for the Sporting Club boxing night this Thursday. Anyone interested in going should contact Tommy on 07850 434 457.