Danny Hughes looks to get back into heavyweight title mix
Sunderland heavyweight Danny Hughes (11-2-2) is raring to get back into action under new promoter Phil Jeffries. Hughes, previously guided by Northeast mainstay Tommy Conroy, has only lost to Audley Harrison and Michael Sprott in a 15-fight career, with both those reverses coming in Prizefighter.
Now under the Pro Box North East, ‘Bad News’ Hughes is looking to stay busy and get into some kind of title contention within the next year.
“I decided to work with Phil as he is pretty busy putting shows on all year round and has good contacts with lots of other promoters to get me work. Phil is also a friend and I know he will work hard to get me to a title.
“My plans are to fight in December in Newcastle just to get back in the swing of things and then after that a good 50-50 fight. Maybe then I can challenge for a title and get into the mix.
“I think someone like Hughie Fury or Ian Lewison might have a title by next year and I’d love to fight one of them for a belt.”
Promoter Jeffries said: “I’m pleased to have Danny fighting on my future shows. He’s a top lad and a good talent, with fast hands and knockout power. I’ve said to him though that he needs to stay fit and motivated because I will be keeping him busy. We need a good heavyweight in the Northeast, and I think there are some really exciting fights ahead for him and for the region’s boxing fans.”
Pro Box North East’s next show at the Rainton Meadows Arena on October 19 is headlined by Sunderland’s Kirk Goodings and Middlesbrough’s Paul Truscott for the English lightweight title, as well as Martin Ward boxing for the Commonwealth bantamweight title.
The Rainton Meadows card will feature Easington’s Paul Archer; South Shields’ Anthony Nelson; Sunderland’s Jonson McClumpha; Hartlepool’s Callum Winton and Mick Hadfield, and Horden’s Anthony Hardy, as well as Edinburgh’s John McCallum.