Sunderland boxer Danny ‘Boy’ Hughes in WBO heavyweight world youth title bout with Hughie Fury

Danny Boy Hughes (red/black) fighting Ladislav Kovarik at Rainton Meadows last night
Danny Boy Hughes (red/black) fighting Ladislav Kovarik at Rainton Meadows last night
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DANNY ‘Boy’ Hughes is set for the biggest fight of his professional career next weekend when he meets unbeaten boxer Hughie Fury for the WBO heavyweight world youth title.

Hughes and his manager Phil Jeffries have taken the fight at short notice but the big-punching Wearsider is confident he can put a spoke in the works of the 19-year-old’s bid to become the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history.

Fury is a man on a mission with the 6ft 6ins fighter having had 11 fights and 11 wins so far this year as he works on his ambition of beating Mike Tyson’s record of becoming the youngest world heavyweight champion at the age of 20 years and four months.

The Stockport-born fighter is due to fight Georgia heavyweight David Gegeshidze tonight in Bristol before facing Danny in the Bluewater Centre in Kent next Saturday.

Fury is so confident of progress that he already has a fight lined up for the FOLLOWING Saturday, November 23, with the teenager certain he’ll be able to despatch tonight’s challenger and then Danny without being troubled enough to make it a problem getting through three fights in three weeks.

But Hughes and Jeffries are hoping to take advantage of that confidence when the boxers enter the ring next Saturday in a show set to be screened on Channel 5.

The Hughes-Fury clash will be on the undercard of a bill topped by Olympic gold medalist James DeGale and Jeffries said: “It will be great exposure for Danny and it will open a lot of doors for him if he does well in it.

“I was happy for Danny not to take it if he didn’t want to, if he thought it was too soon, but he’s really keen and it’s a very good payday for him.”

The bout has been taken over 10 three-minute rounds and Hughes - who is due to fight next month as support to West Rainton’s Martin Ward’s tilt for the Commonwealth bantamweight title - feels he can spark an upset.

“Danny is in as good a shape as he has ever been and if he catches Fury, Fury will know about it,” said Jeffries.

“Hughie’s a young man in a hurry and good luck to him but Danny is really focused on this fight and although it is short notice, he is confident he can do a job against him.”