Injury blow for Hughes
BELLSHILL boxer Kris Hughes’s fight with unbeaten African Richard Comey is off after he broke a hand falling off his scooter.
The bout at the York Hall in London on Saturday was due to be Hughes’s first since moving up to lightweight against Ghanaian Comey who has won all 11 of his professional fights by knockout.
However, Hughes’s manager Paul Graham cast doubt on the legitimacy of Comey’s record.
He said: “I had some people questioning putting Kris up against Comey, but looking at his record all 11 fights took place in Accra Prison Canteen against guys with a combined record of three wins and 56 defeats.
“I don’t quite know how things work over there, but it seems to me he has been put up against a lot of pushovers and as such has a very padded record.”
Comey will now take on a Latvian opponent on Saturday and is set to face Hughes in a rearranged bout on September 15.
Graham said: “I was so disappointed when I heard Kris was injured, I don’t know what he was doing on the scooter but I understand it’s a bit of a write-off so he won’t be on it again.
“It’s such a shame as he was like a different person with not having to cut the weight to get to super-bantamweight and felt and looked so much better in training.
“He is still working as he can run and do sit-ups, but obviously there are no press-ups and bag work for the time being, but once his hand has healed he’ll be back to it looking towards September.”
Hughes is also set to compete when Graham’s own company Prospect Boxing Promotions holds its next Wishaw card in October, which will also feature unbeaten Motherwell fighter Iain Butcher.
Graham said: “I plan on Kris fighting in September and October and then again in December with the plan being that, should everything go well in moving up to lightweight, we look at some sort of title next year.
“As for Iain I am hoping to bring up a top five British ranked fighter for his next opponent and then a foreigner towards the end of the year.
“I am so happy that he was finally given a test last time out and I am in no doubt that next year Iain will be competing for the British title.”
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