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.