WEARSIDE heavyweight Danny “Boy” Hughes was thrilled to get his career back on track last night with a comfortable victory but disappointed that a cut suffered during the fight will prevent him getting back in the ring in double quick time.
The 25-year-old from Castletown showed off a slimmer physique and a more positive boxing style on his way to a fourth round technical knock-out of Croatian Kreso Bogdanovic at the North East Executive Sporting Club fight night in Seaburn.
It was Hughes’ first fight since October and his first since shedding several stone in a bid to make the most of his professional boxing career.
But hopes of quickly accelerating the progress of that career were stalled by the first-round cut he suffered above his right eye.
“It’s not serious and the doctor reckons it will heal within a week,” Hughes told the Echo. “But any cut means a mandatory 28 days rest and that will rule me out of fighting early next month.” Hughes had been lined up for a fight in Brighton in little more than a fortnight’s time but he’ll now be denied the early momentum his handlers had hoped to gain.
Trainers Tommy Conroy and Scott Welch were in Hughes’s corner as the young boxer got rid of the ring rust with a fairly comfortable win over powerfully built Croatian Kreso Bogdanovic.
And Welch, who has overseen Hughes’ weight loss during a strict training regime on the south coast since the turn of the year, had him lined up for a swift second fight on a Brighton undercard.
Hughes said: “It’s disappointing because now that I’m getting into really got shape I just want to fight as often as I can.
“I want to make a name for myself and I want to move up the rankings as quickly as I can.
“I would have been more than capable of fighting again in early June but there’s no getting around the regulations and at the end of the day they’re there for your protection.
“I know though that Tommy and Scott are already looking to get me a fight in July and if that comes off that’ll be great.”
For the moment, Hughes is just pleased to have got past Bogdanovic with the minimum of fuss.
“It wasn’t an easy fight because we were misinformed about him – we had been told he was an orthodox fighter but found out on the day that he was a southpaw.
“That threw the whole game-plan out of the window and I’ve got to admit I was nervous about it going into the ring – I’m not keen on southpaws at the best of times –but I was able to suss him out in the opening round and felt pretty happy after that.
“I hit him with some good shots which would have stopped some other opponents I’ve fought but he was a very, very strong man and the worry was always that as well as taking a shot, he might get lucky with one of his own.
“I’m glad to get past him if I’m honest and it was a good fight to get rid of the cobwebs. Now I want to box regularly and keep making progress.”