Boxing: Hughes to put frustrating year behind him with step up in class

Jamie Hughes
Jamie Hughes

Jamie Hughes hopes his injury woes are behind him as he plots a breakthrough 2014.

The Bentley light heavyweight twice broke his hand last year, resulting in just two bouts and a large dose of frustration.

But his enforced time out of the ring has only made him more determined to succeed, starting with his return tomorrow night in Sheffield.

“It’s been a difficult year and I’ve not been anywhere near as active as I’d have liked,” the 30-year-old said.

“I broke my hand in April so I missed a fight in May and then I broke it again during my fight in October.

“I think I was just too eager to get back in there and I didn’t make sure my hand was right.

“I won’t make the same mistake again. I’ve been punching hard in training and the hand is holding up well.

“As long as I stay fit and keep getting the wins, then this should be a good year for me.

“I turned over as a pro quite late so I can’t really be hanging about.”

Hughes is determined to push on in his four fight unbeaten career and asked promoter Dave Coldwell to step him up.

Coldwell obliged and has delivered Lee Duncan from Sheffield’s Ingle gym as an opponent for Friday night at ice:Sheffield.

Hughes said: “This is a definite step up for me and it’s exactly what I wanted.

“He’s a good kid. His record is mixed but he’s beaten some good kids and lost to some good kids as well.

“It’ll be a test and I’ll have to make sure I’m right for it.

“I’m stepping up to six rounds as well and I’m sure I’m ready for it.”

Also on the bill is Rossington lightweight Maxi Hughes who will face Hungarian Imre Nagy over eight rounds.