Maxi Hughes has revealed how the last six months has made him realize his full potential in the boxing ring ahead of his vacant British lightweight title showdown with Paul Hyland Jnr on Friday’s MTK Fight Night.

Hughes (22-5-2, 4 KOs) and Hyland Jnr (20-2, 7 KOs) collide at the University of Bolton Stadium this week, live on IFL TV.

Since August 2020, Hughes has picked up big wins over Jono Carroll and Viktor Kotochigov, and he’s relishing his new lease of life ahead of his plans to secure the British title.

Hughes said: “I’m very excited to be fighting for the Lonsdale belt. It’s such a beautiful & prestigious title and I’m looking forward to adding it to my collection.

“When I got the phone call from Lee Eaton about stepping in for this fight I accepted immediately, there was absolutely no hesitation. It’s been very refreshing over the last 6 months, almost like an “I told you so” moment I’ve had with myself.

“I’ve always known what I’m capable of and it was just a matter of delivering it and getting the result. It will be the same on Friday when I win the British title.

“I feel I know enough about Hyland Jnr. I’m expecting the very best version of him come fight night. I anticipate he’ll bring the fight to me but I believe I’ll have an answer for everything.”