BOXING: Joe eyes national belt

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Joe Hughes (left) on his way to victory over Dougie Curran in Swindon last weekend Joe Hughes (left) on his way to victory over Dougie Curran in Swindon last weekend

JOE Hughes has his eyes on the English light-welterweight title after making the latest step in his comeback from injury, writes DAN BARNES.

The 23-year-old, from Malmesbury, notched up his eighth professional victory on Saturday with a 60-54 points victory over Newcastle’s Dougie Curran at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon – his second triumph since an injury lay-off of more than a year.

Hughes was originally due to take on South African fighter Mitch Prince before a late change of opponent and the former ABA champion says he’s ready to make a long overdue title challenge.

“He (Curran) was still a tough kiddie and I tried really hard to get him out of there in the last few rounds but he held on,’’ said Hughes.

“I don’t want to be fighting journeymen anymore and I’m looking to have some meaningful fights.

“My manager (Andy O’Kane) is pushing for me to have a shot at the English title and I know I’m ready for that. I’ve just got to wait for the opportunity to come along.”

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