The faith that thriving promoter, Dave Coldwell, has in his young charge, Maxi Hughes, will be exhibited in abundance on May 9th as the Yorkshire youngster tackles former world title challenger, Joseph Laryea, over 10 rounds for the vacant super-featherweight International Masters title at Ice Sheffield. Hughes’ move to South Wales to be a part of Gary Lockett’s successful stable has paid handsomely thus far and the Rossington prospect is hopeful that an impressive victory over the hard-hitting Ghanaian will pave the way for future belt opportunities.
“I’m well aware how much of a threat Laryea is but with risk comes reward and this is a fight that can put me on the map,” said Hughes. “There are big opportunities in the super featherweight division and myself and Dave have sat down and looked at a number of scenarios that could material once this is out the way. This fight is all about proving that I have what it takes to move up another level and I’ll prove it in style on May 9th.”
Hughes’ journey to his breakthrough fight with the well-travelled African has been a consistently smooth one with a 2013 points loss to Blackpool protégé, Scotty Cardle, being the only setback on his ledger. Since that defeat just over a year ago, Hughes has made adjustments in preparation that have seen him join up with Lockett and also head a division south. With everything seemingly in place for an assault on the domestic league, Hughes is confident that the changes he has made will set up a successful future.
“Even though the Cardle fight never went to plan, there were still a load of positives that I took from that fight. It was good exposure for me and I went the distance with a top kid and learnt an awful lot from it. Since then, I’ve moved a few bits of stuff around and everything is going perfect at the moment. Dave is getting me the right fights, Gary is bringing me on loads, so now it’s down to me to get in there and repay my team for the effort they’re putting into me.”