Heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury is making his eagerly-anticipated debut this weekend at the Bell Centre on a card topped by Adonis Stevenson’s rematch with Darnell Boone in Canada.
The 18 year-old, who is the cousin on WBC title contender Tyson Fury, will fight experienced Canadian David Whittom, 34, over four rounds, before a high-profile bout at Madison Sqaure Garden on April 20.
Hughie’s trainer and father Peter sees Whittom as a good early test for the amateur star and will then oversee another 12-minute bout on the Fury v Cunningham undercard in New York.
“Hughie is fighting a good old pro which should give him plenty to think about and also give him the rounds, which is what I want,” Peter told World Boxing News.
“There is a good reason why I picked Whitton as he has had thirty plus bouts, comes to the ring in shape every time and wants to win. It’s going to be a good debut for Hughie.”
Whittom, who fights predominantly as a crusierweight, has lost 19 times so far in his career, with eleven wins and one draw – losing to the likes of Lateef Kayode and headliner Stevenson along the way.