Peter Fury, father and head trainer of heavyweight contender Hughie Fury (25-3, 14 KOs), believes his son has come a long way in the last few years.

Hughie, 26-years-old, was in action earlier this month, when he won a tough ten round unanimous decision over Polish giant Mariusz Wach at Wembley Arena as part of the undercard to Anthony Joshua's mandatory defense against Kubrat Pulev.

During that fight, Hughie suffered a bad cut above his eye. He stayed composed and stuck to the game plan.

"When he was told to relax after the cut he was a lot better," said Peter Fury to Sky Sports. "He was flowing more. He was eager. After the fourth when he settled in, he was better. Wach is a genuine gatekeeper to world level. If you are a dud or a phony, you get found out against Wach.

"I was very happy with Hughie's performance. Wach came in the best shape of his career. We saw him against Dillian Whyte, he's a very stubborn man. Believe me, Hughie can hit. The punches Wach was taking? I thought he would go. He looked ready to go at stages. He has a hell of a recovery rate, Wach. A big, strong, durable man. What Hughie didn't do? He should have put the shots together, come forward and been lighter with his work. Touched him up, then put the shots in."

Hughie hopes for much bigger things in 2021.

The only defeats on his record have against world level fighters, with decision losses coming at the hands of Alexander Povetkin, Pulev and Joseph Parker.

"Hughie still has things to work on," said Peter Fury. "But one thing is for sure - he fought the best as a kid. Now you see him as a young man. There is a difference in him and nobody can dispute that.

"I think Hughie knows he's come on a lot since then, a young man in a man's sport. He's mature now and he's a different fighter. I've always said, and he believes the same, if you're good enough you'll get there no matter what. They have been good learning fights for him, but he's a different operator today than what he was back then."