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Hughie Fury goes again

Hughie Fury returns against an unbeaten but untested rival, writes Elliot Worsell
Hughie Fury
Hughie Fury is much too fresh for Sam Peter Action Images/Paul Burrows

HUGHIE FURY goes into a 12-rounder against Canadian Chris Norrad on Saturday (May 25) at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse aware his recent form has been mixed but knowing, equally, there is no need to panic. Left disappointed following two of his last three fights, Fury managed to sandwich arguably the best performance of his career between those defeats, and, at 24 years of age, is young and talented enough to get himself back into title contention. He has time. He has talent.

More importantly, he has now had a taste of what it means to compete beyond British title level and fall short against world-class heavyweights. Joseph Parker, for instance, was a WBO champion when Fury lost a decision – a close one – to him in 2017, while Kubrat Pulev, the last man to defeat Fury, once boxed Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA, IBF and WBO belts. There’s no shame in losing to either.

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