National success comes at a price for Bellshill fighter

BELLSHILL BOXER -  Kris Hughes wins Scottish featherweight title
BELLSHILL BOXER - Kris Hughes wins Scottish featherweight title

THERE were mixed emotions for Bellshill boxer Kris Hughes on Friday as he became the new Scottish featherweight champion, but an injury suffered during the bout is set to tie him to the sidelines.

Hughes faced James Ancliffe for the third time in his professional career and completed a hat-trick of victories over the Aberdeen fighter to snag the gold with a 97-93 points win.

However, Hughes was left counting the cost as he broke his hand in the second round and was left to fight the rest of the 10-round bout with effectively one hand.

He said: “It was a good fight, but it was just a pity that I broke my knuckle in the second round as it meant I could only really hit him with my right.

“I could hear people shouting to stick the left on him, but it was too badly injured.”

It could be some time before Hughes returns to the ring and faces the prospect of going under the knife to repair the damage.

He said: “My hand has just gone up like a balloon and is probably double the size of my right.

“At the moment we’re talking about being out of the gym for six to eight weeks. Normally, the hospital would just slap a cast on and let it heal, but because I use the hand for my profession it might require surgery.

“It’s frustrating, but I will be back.”

On the undercard of Hughes’s title win on Friday was a local ‘derby’ as Uddingston kickboxer turned boxer Zander White beat Motherwell’s Mark Bett on points.

A rematch has been signed and the light-welterweight pair will lock up again tomorrow (Friday) at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.

The bout is part of a seven-fight card being put on by Bellshill-based Prospect Boxing Promotions and will also feature Newarthill’s John Downie’s return to the ring after a near six-months lay-off.

Tickets costing £30 are available by calling Prospect on 01698 338888 or the venue on 01698 274600.

Full story in May 19 edition of Times & Speaker