Kris hopes for handy comeback

Kris Hughes is getting back in the ring after five months out
Kris Hughes is getting back in the ring after five months out
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Bellshill boxer Kris Hughes hopes his hand can stand up to the rigours of action when he makes his comeback later this month.

Hughes has been sidelined since breaking his hand winning the Scottish featherweight title against James Ancliffe in May.

He was supposed to face Lee Selby for the Celtic title, but had to withdraw when he injured his hand a second time and will now step back in the ring to meet Marc Callaghan at Wishaw Sports Centre on Friday, October 28.

Hughes said: “I can’t wait to get back in the ring. It’s only a four-rounder but I’ll take it just to get going again.

“It was disappointing that the Selby fight had to be called off, but it’s still a fight I’d like to happen and can get back in contention soon enough.”

Callaghan fought for the British super-bantamweight title in early 2007, but after losing to Esham Pickering hasn’t won any of his 14 fights since.

However, Hughes is pleased to be going in with someone who has a bit of pedigree and has at least the potential to be dangerous.

He said: “Just because he has lost his last 15 fights doesn’t mean I can take him lightly.”

The eight-bout card is run by Bellshill-based Prospect Boxing and will also see Motherwell fighter Iain Butcher make his debut while Keir Hardie ABC clubmate Stevie Banks will have his third professional fight.

The first bell is at 7.15pm and tickets costing £40 (ringside) and £30 are available by calling 01698 338888 or visiting www.prospectboxing.co.uk.

Full story in October 13 edition of Times & Speaker