By Karl Freitag
Since his professional debut in March, heavyweight Hughie Fury (12-0, 7 KOs) has been repeatedly been touted by his PR machine as having a chance to beat Mike Tyson’s famous record of becoming the youngest fighter to win a world heavyweight title. For that to happen, Hughie (currently 19 years, 3 months old) has to win a world heavyweight within 14 months to best Tyson (who won the WBC heavyweight title at 20 years, five months).
“His first year as a professional is up at the end of March and already he’s had 12 fights, won all 12 with seven knockouts and next year we’ll be looking at all the top domestic fighters,” said Hughie’s father and trainer Peter Fury. “Hughie’s not hanging around, he’s upping his game next year and he’s upping his game with the class of opponents as well.”
“This is the kid to follow in world boxing because there is no other heavyweight like him on the planet,” Peter said. “I’m not saying that because he’s my son, I’m saying that because of the sheer ability and boxing brain that he’s got. He’s maturing as he’s growing, he’s got a cast iron chin, power, the sky is the limit. We are leaving no stone unturned with Hughie, we know what he’s got to work on, we know he’s still improving and he’s got a lot to learn. He knows exactly where he is and exactly what he needs to do, so we’re very much looking forward to the new year.”
Hughie, a cousin of heavyweight contender Tyson Fury, has credentials as the first British fighter to win a Gold Medal at the AIBA World Youth Boxing Championships at super heavyweight. He is 6’6 and still growing. On June 8, after his fifth fight, Hughie stated “I’ve got plenty of time, I’m only young and I’m improving every single fight. But I will do it, I will beat Mike Tyson’s record and be the youngest heavyweight world champion.”
Can Hughie Fury make good on his promise? We’ll know in 14 months.