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Maxi Hughes confident of spoiling James Fryers’s Future

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Super featherweight James Fryers [11(4)-0] looks to move into British title contention on February 6th when he takes on Yorkshire’s Maxi Hughes in an eliminator for the Lonsdale belt at the Europa Hotel.

Southaw Hughes comes to Belfast sporting a 14(2)-2(1)-2 record and is confident of victory in the evenly-matched ten-round bout.

Indeed the only blots on the Englishman’s record came against top-quality fighters – draws with Martin Joseph Ward and Ronnie Clark, as well as losses to Ward and Scotty Cardle.

The old-school fighter is a former sparring partner of WBO lightweight World champion Terry Flanagan and Josh Warrington as well as being a stable mate to Marco McCullough’s Commonwealth title fight opponent, Isaac Lowe.

Hughes admitted to VIP Boxing that he doesn’t know “too much” about the Belfast man, as “I never do too much research on my opponent.”

“I had a quick look on Boxrec and a quick look for any footage – there’s not much footage of him I’ve seen.”

“I like to get in there on fight night and I like to think that I can adapt and that I concentrate on what I do.”

“I’d never hear of him until I got the call, and that’s not me being disrespectful it’s just I don’t follow the Irish scene.”

Hughes is not intimidated by the amateur pedigree of ‘The Future’ and the 25 year old is aiming for victory next month and furthering his own British title aspirations, noting that “this isn’t the amateur game any more.”

“It’s gonna get me a step closer to the British.”

“I want to go to Belfast, get the win, do what I need to do, then come back and get on some TV shows.”

Tickets to ‘Elimination – James Fryers v Maxi Hughes’ can be bought from the boxers involved an are priced at £75.00 VIP Ringside (Including a four course meal) £45.00 Ringside and £35.00 Unreserved. The card also features James Tennyson, Paul Hyland Jr, Joe Fitzpatrick, Tyrone McCullagh, and Feargal McCrory.

Watch VIPtv’s full interview with Hughes below:

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie