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Hughie Fury would love big fight in Belfast, says dad Peter

 

By David Kelly

Former world title challenger Hughie Fury is plotting his way back to the top and says he would love to headline in Belfast.

Trained by dad Peter, Hughie returns to the ring tomorrow night when he challenges Sam Sexton for the British heavyweight title in Bolton.

Hughie lost on a controversial points decision to Joseph Parker who went on to lose his WBO title to Anthony Joshua.

At just 23, Peter believes his son will be a coming force over the next few years.

"Hughie has learned a lot from his loss to Parker. The loss is a blessing in disguise because it has shown him that just doing enough to win isn't going to get you the title," said Peter.

"He has to be that bit more aggressive, I want to see him let the punches flow and show the flair he has and when he does that then you will see the best of him.

"This fight with Sexton is a great opportunity for Hughie to show what he has learned in the gym during this camp. He has developed his game, he has been that bit more tenacious and this is a chance to shine on national television live on Channel 5.

"God willing he wins the title then we would love to have a defence in Belfast. We had a great time when he boxed in the City Hall and there's such a buzz around boxing in Ireland at the moment that it would be great to fight there again."

Sexton was the man who ended the short fairytale rise of Belfast's Martin Rogan in 2009 before going on to lose the belt to Dereck Chisora.

He has revived his career with a series of wins, including taking the scalp of Gary Cornish to win the British title last year.

"Sexton is a good all-round British fighter and I think he will be a good test for Hughie," added Peter.

"But I am very confident that Hughie will get the job done and look very good. He's only 23 and has some very big years ahead of him because he is so talented. We know how good his skills are, how good his defence is and now we just need more aggression."

Meanwhile, Paddy Gallagher's fight with Gary Corcoran on the undercard of Michael Conlan's June 30 homecoming has been upgraded to an eliminator for a shot at the British welterweight title.

It's a great opportunity at the SSE Arena for Gallagher to eclipse former world champion Corcoran and move forward to challenge current king Bradley Skeete.

"This is the kind of fight that I wanted. I wanted to fight one of the best in Britain," said Gallagher.

• PROMOTER Eddie Hearn's company Matchroom Boxing last night agreed a staggering $1billion joint venture with Perform Group, the live and on-demand streaming service, DAZN.

Hearn will have 16 shows in the States on the new platform as well as his 16 shows with Sky television.

Hearn said: "This is a historic moment for Matchroom and the sport of boxing.

"Since our expansion to the US, we have been looking for a partner that shares our vision and that can give us the volume of dates and rights fees required to build the strongest stable in world boxing and take it to a new level."

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