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BOXING: Comeback starts here for Hughes
JOE Hughes is aiming to make up for lost time after returning to the ring after more than a year out with victory over William Warburton in Trowbridge last weekend.
Hughes, 23, put an injury-blighted 12 months behind him as he stepped up to welterweight to comfortably beat Warburton 60-54 on points with a confident display at the Trowbridge Civic Centre.
The Malmesbury’s man became a senior ABA light-welterweight champion in 2010 and was snapped up by top promoter Frank Maloney shortly afterwards but despite his deal expiring earlier this month, Hughes is still looking forward to a bright future.
“My coach Andy (O’Kane is now managing me) because my contract with Maloney ran out two weeks ago,” said Hughes, who trains at Paddy John’s Gym in Bristol.
“I don’t have a promoter as such and we’re just doing our own thing for the time being and trying to get the fights where we can – if that’s as an opponent on someone else’s show then I’m happy to do that.
“You get a lot of people who only fight or home or only fight away but I’m happy to do that and I’m going out to win every time. Hopefully I can go and spoil the party for someone on a big show. Now I’ve got to push on from here.
“I want to get as many fights as I can, as soon as I can, and I want them to be fights that are going to move me up.”
Hughes was delighted to announce his comeback with a win.
He said: “I was happy to get back into the ring. It obviously wasn’t my best performance but I’ve been out for a year and it’s great to be back because it’s what I do.
“William was a real tough kiddy to fight.
“I think technically, I was all right, but if I’d boxed differently, it could have been a real hard fight. A lot of people try to take him out and throw loads of punches at him but he’s really slick and he’s got a good defence so I was throwing three or four and then backing off.
“I’d seen a lot of videos of him and knew that he had a real nice uppercut counter that he throws but I didn’t get hit with that, so I’m happy.
“I spoke to my coach Andy about it and I won every round so we executed that plan.”
Hughes is expected to be in action again at Swindon’s Oasis Leisure Centre on December 7.
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