WHEN Manchester’s Hughie Fury (21-2, 11 KOs) attended a show in Bolton recently he was ushered to a punching power measuring machine for a few photos. With a fight against Canada’s Chris Norrad (17-0, 8 KOs) coming up on May 25 he opted not to have a go himself.
A tipsy reveller walked up behind him and grabbed a handful of his shirt to get his attention. The 24-year-old turned around, glowered at the punter, wagged a single finger, shook his head, and then walked away. It was a small gesture yet a few years ago Fury may not have responded at all.
These days — and in spite of or maybe due to defeats to Joseph Parker [below] and Kubrat Pulev, both on points — the 6ft 6’ins Fury cuts a more foreboding figure. The five-round destruction of Sam Sexton for the British title that was sandwiched between the two reverses showcased a brutal, destructive Fury and it this side of him that his father and trainer, Peter, has long been keen to add to his undoubted talent.