‘If Hughie Fury hits you with the right hand, he puts you to sleep’

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PETER FURY believes son Hughie Fury has not only “skills to burn” but growing power to bring new fans behind his charge towards a world title.

The Furys are in Bulgaria preparing for tonight’s IBF world heavyweight title eliminator against Kubrat Pulev with a lucrative shot at Anthony Joshua the dangling carrot.

Hughie’s technical skills have never been in doubt with many feeling he deserved to seize the WBO world title against Joseph Parker last year – but Peter Fury is now keen to highlight the attacking instinct shown in his emphatic British title stoppage of Sam Sexton last time out.

Peter Fury said, “He’s improved power-wise and his all-round game as well. He’s attacking a lot more than he used to do because he knows he can’t leave it to the judges.

“He knows it’s not just a simple case of just slipping and sliding and outboxing his opponent. He knows he’s got to do more than that and be please the crowd as well. He’s come on a lot.

“He’s hitting very hard now as well. His punch power has gone up. He’s maturing now – he’s still very young at 24. You can tell how much he’s developed over the last 12 months.

Hughie Fury

“He’s got skills to burn and he’s an elite heavyweight. He’s 6’6” and 17 stone. He trains hard and is totally dedicated. If he doesn’t know his way around a boxing ring, nobody does.

“It’s got a good jab and the thing is with Hughie now, if he hits you with the right hand, he’ll put you to sleep with it. It’s not easy to land punches on world-class opponents but I believe he’s got all the tools in the box to do very well.

“He won’t stop. He wants to win a world title. Even if and when the Pulev fight goes very well, he’ll be straight back in the gym wanting to know when the next fight is. He wants to keep fighting and taking on all obstacles.”

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