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.
At his best, Fury is a nuisance of a heavyweight, much like his cousin, Tyson, all jittery movement and unorthodox ideas. The Mancunian’s jab is sharp and consistent, and his right cross, as shown against Sam Sexton last year, now carries power and conviction it once lacked. In that fight, with the British title on the line, Fury, 21-2 (11), demonstrated an evolving skillset and an ability to not only befuddle and outbox opponents but also stand his ground and make a dent in them. The stoppage to finish in round five was a testament to this.