DANNY ‘Boy’ Hughes emerged triumphant from his latest boxing challenge at the weekend, cruising to a points victory over Bulgarian journeyman Taynar Nehmed.
The Sunderland heavyweight won all four rounds of the contest held at the Oceana Nightclub in Southampton on Saturday night and his handlers will now look to get him back in the ring again quickly as the 25-year-old looks to move up the British rankings.
It is likely that Hughes’ next fight will be back in the North East with manager Tommy Conroy looking to box his fighter on the next North East Executive Sporting Club bill in September.
Hughes is ready for his next test after beating his second east European in the space of a couple of months.
He fought Croatian Kreso Boganovic in May at the Pullman Lodge in Seaburn and forced his opponent to retire hurt in the fourth round of a comprehensive win.
And he was in equally commanding form at the weekend having weighed in at 17st 10lb compared to Nehmed’s 15st 4lb.
Although the Bulgarian boxer was limited, he was durable, having never been stopped in his 16-fight professional career.
And it was another good learning curve for Hughes, who has slimmed down to a real fighting weight over the course of more than six months spent training in Brighton under the watchful eye of former heavyweight champion Scott Welch.
Hughes can expect steps up in class over the next 12 months as Welch and Conroy look to bring him on.
But for the moment he is making steady progress and his 40-36 win on Saturday should help with the young prospect’s confidence, adding another win to his professional record and giving him the sort of experience which will stand him in good stead later in his career.
Hughes suffered a cut in his May win over Boganovic which forced him to wait more than a month to take on Nehmed but the good news for his camp was that the cut did not reopen in his fight at the weekend and is not expected to present any future problems.