Sunderland heavyweight Danny ‘Boy’ Hughes has said he is delighted to be returning to action after over 18 months out of the ring.
Hughes will be hoping he returns with a bang next week as the big man appears on the co-promoted Phil Jeffries and Frank Maloney, Loaded and Ready show.
The headline bout on the April 19 sees Jon-Lewis Dickinson defending his Lonsdale belt against Mike Stafford and Prizefighter champion Glenn Foot is chief support.
For Hughes it has been a frustrating period of inactivity but at just 27 years-old (young for a heavyweight) the Castletown Kid has plenty of time to achieve his goals. He is looking at this fight to kick-start that push up the domestic rankings.
“I’m really exited about getting out again it’s been a year and a half since I fought and I’m feeling good and looking forward to getting back on track.
“I’ve been out the last 18 months due to a lot of different factors including injury illness and a bout of bad luck but luckily with me just turning 27 which is still young for a heavyweight, the last 18 month should not have an effect on my career. Hopefully i can start performing and mix it with the top fighters in the next year or two.”
Danny’s current record stands at 10-2-2 after making his debut in 2007. He is best known for his two appearances in Prizefighter and it was in the fast-paced, short rounds competition that he tasted both of his defeats so far.
In his first tournament in 2009 he scored an emphatic first round TKO over Neil Perkins in just 45 seconds before showing heart in the semi-final to be unanimiously outscored by Audley Harrison.
His second appearance in the popular tournament came one year later but that time he was beaten in the quarter final by Michael Sprott via a UD. There is plenty of experience in favour of Hughes then as he has also sparred with top quality opposition including Dereck Chisora.
He is trained in the East End by Tommy Conroy and Joe Donkin and will make his return in a four round bout against an opponent who is still to be announced.
Of the bout he said: “I’m not sure who I’m fighting so I wont know what kind of fight it will turn out to be; hopefully an entertaining one though. I’m really hoping to put a good performance in and hopefully impress so I can start mixing it with the top domestic heavyweights.
“I’m only doing a 4 round fight due to the amount if fights there is on the bill but I’m thankful to Phil Jeffries for putting me on the bill and I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring.”
He continued: “I’ve still been in the gym most of the time the last 18 month and had some competitive sparring with some good fighters so hopefully there won’t be any rust there.
“I want to impress because that might help me get a big name in a future fight. A knockout would be great, you don’t get paid for any overtime but if it comes it comes.”
As for Danny’s future hopes in the sport the heavyweight says he really hopes to at least win a British title and says he is also hoping he will challenge for both European and World honours.
The road to those fights begins at the Rainton Meadows Arena on April 19 as he will look to get his career back on track.
Also appearing on the April 19 bill will be Glenn Foot, Gary Fox, Peter Cope, Anthony Nelson, Tommy Ward, Shafiq Asif, Kirk Goodings, Paul Truscott, Callum Winton and professional debutant Chris Bennett.
Tickets are available from boxers or Phil Jeffries priced at £35 and £70 (ringside).