• Heavyweight

Hughie Fury 'doesn't need quick KOs'

ESPN staff
June 18, 2013
Hughie Fury, right, is unbeaten in his five fights as a professional heavyweight © PA Photos

Hughie Fury's six-round win over Tomas Mrazek was just what he needed as he proves his worth in the professional ranks, says trainer and father Peter Fury.

The 18-year-old cousin of unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury claimed the sixth professional win of his fledgling heavyweight career, but was taken the distance for just the second time at the Epic Centre in Norwich.

But Peter Fury insists that was to be expected, with the Czech journeyman known for his staying power in the ring, and was part of his plan to help his charge adapt from the amateur ranks.

"I was very pleased with Hughie," Fury told ESPN's Steve Bunce. "We knew it was going to be a hard fight because he [Mrazek] has been the distance with all good champions.

"His record doesn't do him justice. He doesn't come to win, he purely comes to survive and he's a very, very tough character.

"We picked him for that reason because we need Hughie to get the rounds in, to learn - we're not interested in quick KOs."

Hughie Fury boasted before the fight that he intends to break Mike Tyson's record as the youngest world heavyweight champion, and Peter Fury has him on a grueling two-fights-a-month schedule to speed up his progress.

"He's had two fights back to back, so that's his two fights for June done," Fury said. "His next fight is on July 12 against Darren Corbett in Ireland. And then we're going to get him out again - we're looking at [Evgeny] Orlov.

"We're over the moon with the [Mrazek] fight he showed some great boxing skill," Fury added. "He used his brain and he showed he can pace himself and go the rounds. It was a mature performance from a young kid and we're over the moon."

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