Rossington's Maxi Hughes lands world title shot on Josh Warrington bill

Maxi Hughes’ spectacular resurgence has landed him a shot at the IBO world lightweight title.

Thursday, 15th July 2021, 10:34 am
Updated Thursday, 15th July 2021, 11:46 am
Maxi Hughes. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Maxi Hughes. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

The Rossington fighter will challenge Mexican Jovanni Straffon on the undercard of Josh Warrington’s rematch with Mauricio Lara at Headingley on September 4.

Hughes (23-5-2, 5 KOs) came close to quitting the sport in 2018 but has emerged as one of the biggest success stories in British boxing during the pandemic.

The 31-year-old beat former world title challenger Jono Carroll last August and followed that up by defeating Viktor Kotochigovin in Dubai to win the WBC International lightweight title.

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He then got the better of Paul Hyland Jnr to win the British lightweight title in March.

Straffron (24-3-1, 17 KOs) stopped James Tennyson in the first round to win the IBO belt in May.

Hughes said on Twitter: “Been chipping away for 11 years as a professional not taking easy fights. Fighting in the away corner. I’ll be taking this opportunity with both hands. Thanks @EddieHearn @Leeeaton88 @StefyBull @MTKGlobal.”