SUNDERLAND heavyweight Danny ‘Boy’ Hughes is convinced he can pull off a shock victory tonight against highly-rated rising star Hughie Fury.
Nineteen-year-old Fury is a young man on a mission to become the youngest world heavyweight champion in history and he and his promoters see Hughes as just another stepping stone on the way to greatness.
But underdog Hughes insists Fury and his camp may well have under-estimated the threat he poses at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena this weekend.
“I know Fury’s a top prospect and I know that not many people are giving me a chance but I’m not sure why because I’m really up for it and I fancy it,” the 28-year-old told the Echo.
“I’ve never been stopped in any of my fights and I think Fury relies on getting his opponents out of the way quickly
“I’ve watched him and he’s still a bit raw and ‘novicey’ and I think we can cause him problems.
“I can take a good punch and I can give one out and I think his one game-plan will be to take me out quickly.
“I’m experienced though and I’m not going to let him do that.
“I plan to take him out of his comfort zone and then we’ll see what happens.”
Hughes admits his preparation for a fight which has been postponed several times because of injuries to his opponents has not been ideal.
“The fight has officially been postponed three or four times but unofficially it is more like eight and I’ve found that frustrating because I’ve been getting ready to fight and then it has been called off time and time again.
“I’ve been training under Davey Binns and I’ve enjoyed it, I think it has made me a sharper boxer.
“I would have liked a bit more time to prepare for this latest date but that’s just the way it is and I wouldn’t have taken the fight if I didn’t think I could do myself justice.
“I’ve had my career on hold for months while I’ve waited for this fight to happen and I’m determined to take my chance now it is finally here.”
Manchester-based Fury has a record of 13 straight wins, while Hughes boasts a record of 12 wins, two draws and two defeats.
This evening’s bout is being fought over eight, three-minute rounds, and will be televised on Channel 5.