UK News: Limond-Woodhouse Set, Hughie Fury Update
Willie Limond will defend his Commonwealth Light Welterweight title against British champion Curtis Woodhouse on a huge night of boxing headlined by Ricky Burns at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow on Friday June 27, live on Sky Sports.
Limond welcomes Woodhouse into his backyard with both titles on the line for the evergreen duo, who claimed their titles in style.
Limond landed the Commonwealth crown in January 2013 with a first round KO triumph over Eddie Doyle in Glasgow and made his first defence in the city in June with a points win over Mitch Prince.
Woodhouse found himself in the last chance saloon in February when he challenged Darren Hamilton for the British belt in Hull, but the former Birmingham City footballer pulled off the biggest win of his career to rip the title from Hamilton on a split-decision.
For Limond, it’s a third tilt at landing the coveted Lord Lonsdale belt having fallen short in clashes with Alex Arthur and Anthony Crolla, and the 35 year old says he’ll be doing everything he can to make it third time lucky.
“I’m thrilled to be getting the opportunity to fight for the British title again,” said Limond. “I have boxed poorly in my first two attempts and lost to the better men in Alex and Anthony, but I didn’t turn up on either occasion and failed to do myself justice. I feel like I have something to prove and I will train like an animal to get into the best shape possible for June 27.
“I don’t know Curtis personally, but I like the way he goes about his business. He’s completely dedicated and he comes to fight, and that means this is going to be a great night for the fans.
“Since all the rumours have started about Curtis and me fighting I have had so many requests for tickets – I think I could sell 1,000 just from my front door. It’s going to be a fantastic atmosphere in Glasgow and we’ll serve up a fight that those watching will love.”
Woodhouse was set to retire after his win over Hamilton, but the 34 year old gets the chance to add the Commonwealth title to his British belt, and believes he will handle the hometown fans in June.
“It’s a real honour to be going to Scotland to put my British title on the line against Willie and challenge for his Commonwealth crown,” said Woodhouse.
“Willie is a fighter who I have a lot of respect for. He’s been there, seen it and done it, and I hope to give the Scottish fans a night they won’t forget. The fans up there always really get behind their own fighters but by the end of the fight I hope to earn their respect.
“This is a proper 50/50 fight. Willie and I deserve respect for putting both our belts on the line; its winner takes all and may the best man win!”
“I'm over the moon to make this fight for our big Glasgow show on June 27,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Many witnessed Curtis' Cinderella story when he captured the British title in Hull and now he has the chance to add the Commonwealth strap to his trophy cabinet but he has a tough ask in Willie Limond's back yard.”
London - Hughie Lewis Fury is out to "win in style" against the "durable" Danny Hughes at Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, on May 10.
The undefeated heavyweight star, Hughie, faces the Sunderland man on the Kid Galahad undercard live on Channel 5 and is ready to produce an "exciting" display for all the fans, according to father and trainer Peter Fury.
"It’s a good step up for Hughie and it’s a good fight," Peter said.
"Danny's coming to win, he’s a big lad, he’s 6’5” tall and 17-and-a-half to 18 stone, a genuine heavyweight who has been training hard for this fight."
Hughie is undefeated in an impressive 13 fights, with eight knockouts and no draws.
The 6'7" tall 19-year-old destroyed tough American Matthew Greer inside two rounds at the Copper Box Arena in February, knocking him down a total of three times with fierce body shots in the second.
Hughie proved too much for the game American, who has previously fought the likes of Deontay Wilder and Denis Boytsov and the young Fury will be looking for a similarly confident performance in just over two weeks' time in Yorkshire.
But Danny Hughes comes into the contest with 12 wins from 16 contests, with the only two defeats on his record coming on points at the hands of former European and Commonwealth challenger Michael Sprott and former European champion and world title contender Audley Harrison.
A game opponent who was recently linked with facing unbeaten and former undefeated European heavyweight champion and current IBF International champion Kubrat Pulev.
"He (Hughes) fancies it and he’s up for it, so it’s a good positive step for Hughie and these are the type of fights that Hughie needs to bring him to the next level," Peter said.
"It’s going to be a great show, it’s a great venue in Sheffield, Hughie is really looking forward to it, training well and ready for the fight.
"Hughie’s going to go out there and put on a great display of boxing and if the knockout comes it comes – it will be a good fight and a great night."
Promoter Mick Hennessy said: "There is absolutely no doubt about it, Hughie is one of the brightest prospects in world heavyweight boxing.
"At 19-years-old he is handling opponents with tremendous maturity and I'm looking forward to seeing him face Danny Hughes in Sheffield.
"I know Danny is training hard and coming to win, so I think we're set for another display of fireworks."
Hughie fights on the undercard of the 24-year-old Qatar born Sheffield fighter Kid Galahad on May 10.
The undefeated newly crowned European super-bantamweight champion, Galahad and undefeated heavyweight sensation, Hughie, will also be joined by a whole host of local talent on the bill, with Sheffield's Dave Howe, Callum Hancock, Tom Mcassey and Ryan Hardy, Barnsley's Lee Noble, Rotherham's Karl Bell and Chatteris fighter Jordan Gill scheduled to fight.