A golden goodbye

DOUBLE THE GLORY: Now-former Highfields ABC gymmates Jamie Hughes (left) and Scott Baghurst (right) both won titles for the club.
DOUBLE THE GLORY: Now-former Highfields ABC gymmates Jamie Hughes (left) and Scott Baghurst (right) both won titles for the club.

JAMIE Hughes delivered the perfect leaving present for his coaches at Highfields ABC - another Yorkshire title.

The Bentley fighter has now joined the professional ranks and will make his debut at light heavyweight in September.

But before he switched, he captured the Yorkshire light heavyweight crown as well as winning his cruiserweight title outright following three successful defences.

Highfields coach John Loosemore said: “It was a great send off for Jamie, he’s been a fantastic representative for the club and it’s great to see him go out on top.

“We all wish him the very best for the future and we’ll be supporting him all the way.

“I’m sure he’ll do well.”

Hughes will be managed by Rotherham-based promoter Dave Coldwell who was delighted to land his signature.

He said: “Jamie’s a quality boxer and we’ve got some really big ideas for what we want to do with him.

“He’s a tricky southpaw and he’ll give lots of people problems on the way to the top.

“Robert McCracken (respected trainer) speaks highly of him and he should know because he had Jamie in sparring with Carl Froch when Carl was preparing for his world title shot against Lucien Bute.

“For Froch to use him in preparation for such an important fight speaks volumes of Jamie’s ability and I’m confident that he can carve out a successful career for himself.”

Hughes will train under Jamie Kennedy at Rotherham’s Millennium gym alongside Rossington’s Maxi Hughes and is set to make his debut on September 28 at the Magna Centre in Rotherham.

His now-former Highfields ABC gymmate Scott Baghust made it a double celebration for both himself and the club by capturing the 60kg title on his 18th birthday.

Woodlands fighter Baghurst – who earlier this year reached the semi finals of the ABA championships – went behind enemy lines to see off Sean Ireland in Scarborough and return home with the title.

Coach Loosemore said: “It was always going to be really difficult for Scott because the crowd was right behind the other kid all the way.

“There was a really intense atmosphere but Scott coped superbly and just went about his business.

“You’re up against it in that situation because it’s sometimes hard to convince the judges when the crowd is so one-sided.

“But he was excellent and fully deserved to come away with the belt.

“It wasn’t a bad birthday present for him at all.”