Hughie Fury looks to get back to winning ways as he takes on Sam Sexton in Bolton for the British Heavyweight title. Sexton is a former Commonwealth heavyweight champion and is ten years older than Fury. Sexton has faced a number of top domestic names which includes Dereck Chisora and David Price. Fury will be looking to make a statement in his return after losing his undefeated record last time out.
Fury lost to Joseph Parker back in September 2017 in a twelve round majority decision for the WBO heavyweight title. Peter Fury, Hughie Fury’s father and trainer, was adamant Fury beat Parker but WBO rejected calls for the Parker – Fury fight getting rescored.
Parker lost the WBO heavyweight title in March to Anthony Joshua. It could be argued that the Joshua – Parker fight has increased Fury’s stock, Parker became the first person to take Joshua the distance. Joshua beat Parker widely on the judges’ scorecards but they seemed harsh on Parker.
Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder hold all the world heavyweight titles. Hughie Fury has been hailed as the uncrowned champion. If Fury wants a world title it would seem the only route would be to go down the mandatory route. Hughie Fury is not Tyson Fury. Tyson is a household name, Hughie is not. There has been no mention of Hughie Fury fighting Joshua or Wilder just yet.
There are a lot of domestic names in the heavyweight division. Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, Tony Bellew, Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora, Joe Joyce, Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman. The problem for Hughie Fury is matchmaking. Who will want to fight Hughie Fury when it would prove difficult for most heavyweights to win or at least look good against?
Hughie Fury has the advantage of youth over the top domestic heavyweight. Fury is still only 23 and has years until he reaches his prime. Hughie Fury had only just turned 23 when he fought for a world title against Parker. Team Fury are targeting three fights in 2018 as they look to climb back up the heavyweight rankings.
The Sam Sexton V Hughie Fury will be shown on UK Channel 5 from 9PM.
The bookies have Hughie Fury as heavy favourite; Fury winning by KO/TKO is the method of victory predicted by the bookies.