BOLTON could soon boast of being the home of a world heavyweight boxing champion.

Former world title challenger and reigning British Heavyweight Champion, Hughie Fury is training daily at the Team Fury gym in Halliwell Road, ahead of his next bout.

The gym has been home to one of the most feared and respected boxing families in the world for five years.

The 23-year-old ‘Fist of Fury’ invited Bolton News for a sneak peek inside the boxing fortress that is the Team Fury gym.

The son of legendary boxing coach Peter Fury and cousin to former World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury, Hughie is no stranger to success.

It was at the Halliwell Road gym where Peter Fury trained Tyson for their historic victory over Wladimir Klitschko in Germany in November 2015.

But the Bolton boxing gym is now preparing for another run at the world heavyweight crown.

Hughie is in training to face Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in an IBF eliminator bout later this year.

If he defeats Pulev, he will become the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF World Heavyweight belt.

Entering the gym from its Halliwell Road entrance can be an unnerving experience to the uninitiated. After being identity-checked at the door, I was granted access to Bolton’s ‘home of champions’.

The sparring is intense and young boxers study every move, blow by blow.

The training is fast, hard and relentless.

Hughie told me that Bolton ‘feels like his home town’. His last fight was even televised live from Bolton Wanderers’ stadium, with 3million viewers captivated by his fifth round knock-out victory.

With Peter and Hughie asserting themselves as the natural heirs to Joshua’s World Heavyweight title, Bolton seems destined to reclaim its status as the home of champions.