Hughie Fury (21-1, 11KOs) is the new British heavyweight champion after a fifth round knockout victory over Sam Sexton (24-4, 9KOs) at the Macron Stadium in Bolton.
The 23-year-old put down Sexton with a straight right hand through the guard in the fourth before finishing off the job in the fifth with a right hand counter.
Ex-commonwealth champ Sexton protested to referee Gary O’Connor but the fight was rightfully waved off.
Sexton did try to old-man his younger opponent when he did manage to get in close by using some unsavoury tricks of the trade. Unfortunately for the Norwich man those moments were few and far between.
Instead Fury kept his cool and didn’t allow Sexton to upset his rhythm. He boxed well on the outside and used his jab and footwork effectively to stay out of trouble.
Fury’s last knockout victory was almost three years ago so it was surprising that the Manchester-based fighter managed to stop Sexton. Especially if you consider that the 33-year-old hasn’t been stopped since 2012 against David Price.
The new British champion credited the right hand finish to his father and hard work in the gym. 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.
“All credit goes to this man [Peter Fury].
“I’ve done everything he said tonight. This fight is dedicated to my dad.
”I knew Sam Sexton would give his all, because this was his last chance. I was so relaxed I could’ve fallen asleep.
Hughie Fury is hopeful that this victory will put him back in contention for world honours. The younger cousin of Tyson said:
“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.”
All credit to Fury for picking up the British title but he will need to overcome some bigger names if he is to be even considered for another title shot.
Joe Joyce was been calling out the winner for tonight’s fight which would be a decent British tear-up. But Peter Fury was quick to put that fight on the back burner a few days ago when he said that his son is ahead of Joyce and wouldn’t the considered.
It’s hard to figure out what route Hughie will take because he is behind Dillian Whyte, Luis Ortiz, Dominic Breazeale, Kubrat Pulev and Alexander Povetkin. Maybe their looking at taking on the winner of that joke fight between WBA regular champion Manuel Charr and Fres Oquendo.
A rematch against Joseph Parker would be a step in the right direction or even push for a trip to the US to fight Jarrell Miller. That is of course if Joshua doesn’t fight Miller first. I’m almost certain Fury will be staying away from Anthony Gorman and Daniel Dubois. Other alternatives are David Price, Agit Kabayel or Dereck Chisora.
What ever the next step is for Hughie Fury I wish him all the best. At the age of 23, you can be assured that time is definitely on his side.