Danny ‘boy’ Hughes’ Geneva test

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DANNY ‘Boy’ Hughes will fight France’s number one ranked heavyweight next month as the Castletown Kid starts 2012 with a major step up in class.

Hughes will take on 31-year-old Johann Duhaupas in Geneva in Switzerland on Friday, February 10, in what will also be his first fight over the longer distance of eight three-minute rounds.

And it will a real test for the 25-year-old who remains unbeaten in contests outside Sky’s Prizefighter format.

Hughes has paid his dues over the last couple of years, learning his trade in a series of fights against lesser but testing opponents.

Now, he finally gets the step up to another level that he has been craving, when he goes in against the 6ft 5ins Duhaupas.

The Sunderland fighter’s trainer and promoter Tommy Conroy, said: “It’s a big test for Danny but one I think he’s ready for.

“Duhaupas is a world-ranked fighter with a formidable record, his record is 26 wins and one defeat and that one defeat was fighting for a European title.

“So we know we’re up against it.

“But Danny deserves this shot.

“He’s worked hard for it and I think he has what it takes to win.

“He’sparred with the best fighters there are in this country and he’s held his own.

“We’ve been down in recent weeks to spar with Davey Price ahead of his fight against John McDermott.

“It’s the fourth time Danny’s sparred with Price and he wouldn’t keep getting asked back unless he was producing the goods.”

Hughes current professional record stands at 10 wins, three by knock-out, with two defeats, to Audley Harrison and Michael Sprott in the Prizefighter series.