Hughie's fists of Fury can reach the top
HUGHIE Fury is aiming to follow in the footsteps of his cousin, and new boxing sensation, Tyson.
Teenager Hughie will fight for his first major title when he takes on Carl Davies (Lions Den) in the CYP Championships at Leeds United’s Elland Road ground today.
And the strapping youngster, who trains at Amir Khan’s Gloves gym, is keen to emulate the achievements of British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson.
“Tyson is a real inspiration,” said the 17-year-old. “I’d love to go on and do what he has done.
“I made the semi-finals last year. I got a harsh decision but that happens in boxing. Now I want to go one better.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not nervous at all and just can’t wait to get in the ring.”
Big-hitting Tyson, aged 23, who is being hailed as the saviour of the heavyweight division, believes Hughie has a big future in the sport.
He said: “He can definitely follow in my footsteps. In fact he can be better than I am.
“He started boxing a lot younger than I did and he has more experience.
“I only boxed 35 times in the amateurs and he’s nearly done that already.
“Like me, he hates losing and will never take a backward step. He’s a big, strong lad who is as tough as old boots.
“We’ve sparred a lot together and you can hit him as hard as you like but he keeps coming back.”
Just like his cousin, Hughie is of a travelling stock and cuts an imposing figure at 6ft 5ins tall. And his size has made it difficult to find sparring partners.
“He has had to travel far and wide,” said dad Peter, who is Hughie’s main trainer with Gloves’ Tommy Battel helping out.
“We’ve been all over but that’s the good thing about Hughie, he’s so dedicated.
“He trains two or three times a day and just wants to box.
“He first put the gloves on at six and started officially at 11. He’s had about 25 amateurs which is a lot for someone his age and he is virtually a senior already.”
Hughie warmed up for the CYPs with victory over Shrewsbury’s Sam Adjepong at the Reebok last Friday night.
And, after hopefully winning the title in Leeds today, Hughie will enter the junior ABAEs in February before continuing his development in the US.
Peter said: “He’s going to America from March to December where he will have 10 to 15 bouts and then come back for the senior ABAEs.
“If everything goes well, he’ll win those and turn professional. That’s the plan anyway.”
And just in case the Fury conveyor belt showed signs of slowing down, Hughie’s cousin and Tyson’s brother, a 15-year-old, who is also called Hughie, started at Gloves a month ago.
The fists of Fury will just keep flying.