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Fury wants a World title bout after taking British heavyweight crown

 

By Declan Warrington

Hughie Fury won the British heavyweight title by stopping champion Sam Sexton in the fifth round at the Macron Stadium in Bolton.

Fury, 23, cousin of former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, turned in an impressive display five months after his controversial points defeat to New Zealand's WBO champion Joseph Parker.

Fury put his 33-year-old opponent on the canvas in the fourth round and finished it off in the fifth when the referee stopped the contest following another knock down.

"I've done everything he said - this fight is dedicated to my dad," Fury said.

"I was confident. My body has got so much stronger. I worked on my right hand over Christmas. It was a boxing masterclass.

"I dream to be a world champion. Whoever has got those belts - I'm coming. Although I lost (to Parker), I'm coming. I'm ready to fight."

Meanwhile, Eddie Hearn wants to "build the strongest stable in world boxing" after agreeing a $1bn deal with an on-demand streaming service in the US.

The British promoter's Matchroom Boxing will stage 16 fights a year for eight years on DAZN - moving them away from the traditional US pay-per-view model.

DAZN will also be the exclusive US broadcast partner for Matchroom's existing 16 fight nights in the UK."This is a historic moment for Matchroom and the sport," Hearn said. Matchroom says the $1bn deal is an "industry-first" and means boxing fans can watch "fights how and when they want to, anytime and anywhere".

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