Hughie Fury exhibition fight at Copper Box

Hughie Fury looked to shed ring rust with a six round exhibition contest against journeyman Kamil Sokolowski at the Copper Box Arena last night.

Under WBO rules, a mandatory challenger is unable to have a competitive warm up fight. Fury challenges for the WBO heavyweight title on the 23rd of September in Manchester, England.

Hughie hasn’t fought since taking a decision victory over Fred Kassi in April of last year, after a back injury saw him pull out of his May fight with current WBO heavyweight title holder, Joseph Parker.

Fury, now 22,  looked heavier than he was against Kassi although he looked in good shape and was switching stances and throwing the double jab effectively. It was a good natured and controlled affair, with Fury saying after the fight:

The risk in boxing at any level, is always there but my intention was to be sharp and controlled in there so it minimised taking any chances – I wasn’t going to war just for the sake of it.

Fury then chatted with his Joseph Parker who had earlier been sitting next to Hughie’s, trainer, Peter Fury.



Hughie Fury Sheds Rust Ahead of WBO Title Fight With Parker

By Chris Williamson

Hughie Fury warmed up for a scheduled WBO heavyweight title challenge in September with a useful six round exhibition contest against Devon based Pole Kamil Sokolowski (4-10-2) here at London’s Copper Box Arena.

Promoter Frank Warren explained that the WBO wouldn’t allow a competitive contest for Fury ahead of the mandatory challenge to Joseph Parker, a match postponed from May 6th in New Zealand due to a claimed back injury suffered by Fury.

Hughie, younger cousin of linear world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, last boxed here at the Copper Box with a ten round decision against Fred Kassi back in April 2016, so this proved a useful exercise in shedding ring rust.


Fury (20-0) looked heavier than against Kassi albeit in good shape and looked comfortable switch hitting and doubling up the jab from both stances. The skin problem which has caused Fury so many problems appears much improved and father and trainer Peter seemed satisfied with the rust shedding exercise.

It was a good natured workout with the two embracing after each round and surely no coincidence that the Pole is a similar height and build to the champion Parker. Parker was scheduled to attend but wasn’t visible at the afternoon workout. As an exhibition bout the fight was not scored.

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