On April 19 Sunderland heavyweight prospect Danny ‘Boy’ Hughes returned after over 18 months out of the ring during the co-promoted show from Phil Jeffries and Frank Maloney.
Hughes won on points 40-36 after a comfortable four rounds with Czech fighter Ladislav Kovarik. The bout was on the undercard of Loaded and Ready, which was topped by the British title fight between Jon-Lewis Dickinson and Mike Stafford. We hear from Danny about that fight and about his future.
1) How happy were you with the win?
I was happy with the win I felt I could of finished it earlier but I was just glad to be back fighting.
2) Were you happy with the performance?
I was comfortable in there and didn’t really get out of first gear. But after being out for a year and a half, and with the opponent just being there to survive, I felt it was an okay performance.
3) Are you disappointed at all to not get a stoppage?
Yeah I was pretty disappointed I didn’t get out of first gear, but I hurt him in the first round and he didn’t want to know after that.
4) You did catch him with a good few shots though didn’t you?
Yeah I caught him with some good solid single shots but he was very good at surviving so I found it difficult to get the combinations in to finish the job.
5) Was their any rust there at all then after all the time out?
Yeah I felt a little rusty but I’m sure I’ll be back to myself in my next fight.
6) How tricky was Ladislav Kovarik?
He was never a threat but these fighters are good survivors and that made him pretty tricky.
7) Was it a relief to be back in action?
I was glad to be back and I can’t wait to see when my next fight will be!
8) Is staying active important for you now you’re back?
Staying active is a very important part of boxing and I intend to stay as active as possible till I retire.
9) When are you hoping to be back out?
I’m hoping to get out within the next 2 months.
10) Phil Jeffries has announced his annual Summer Rumble show for July 7th at The Stadium Of Light. Would you like to be on that bill?
I would love to get on the stadium show I had my first ever pro fight there 6 year ago [A 4th round TKO win over Lee Webb].
The future looks bright for Hughes and before the fight he said that he’d be dissapointed if he didn’t get at least a British title. If he can stay active, he certainly has the quality.
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