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Sep
2020

Wilder gauge opens as Hughie Fury battles Tyson foe Firtha

Phil Jay 16/09/2015

Hennessy

Hughie Fury will face Nicolai Firtha when the heavyweight prospect returns on the undercard of cousin Tyson’s world title challenge against Wladimir Klitschko next month.

Father Peter confirmed the news to WBN on Wednesday, which will see undefeated Hughie, 20, take on the man that lasted five rounds with Tyson in September 2011 at the Kings Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Firtha, who is 15 years Hughie’s senior, last fought in October 2013 when sharing just over ten minutes with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and has lost seven of his last twelve contests.

The Ohio native’s best night came courtesy of a second round knockout of Tony Grano that earned the ‘Stone Man’ a top 15 ranking with the WBA back in 2010.

Hughie was recently offered the opportunity to challenge Wilder, so it should be a good gauge to see how far away from the top divisional titlist the up and comer currently stands.

By the fighter’s own admission, Fury rejected Wilder’s advances due to the lack of time to put together a full eight-week camp and could make a statement if he can get Firtha out of there within three rounds.

The bout at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf on October 24 represents Fury’s third outing this year, having already defeated Andriy Rudenko and George Arias on his way to compiling a 16-0 record.