Hughie (21-1-KO11) rose to the occasion at the Macron Stadium with aplomb – producing a pair of deadly right hands to drop and then finish defending champion Sam Sexton and send his supporters into rapture.
With the event broadcast live and free-to-air on Channel 5, promoter Mick Hennessy proudly confirmed the impressive size of the audience on Tuesday.
Peter Fury said: “The exposure Hughie’s got from this has just been phenomenal. We got a call saying the figures were initially 1.5m but then the overall figures turned out to be pretty much double that.
“It’s just amazing. The whole night exceeded our expectations in every way. The event was fantastic and for so many people to tune in and watch a British heavyweight title fight on terrestrial television is great for the sport.
“It was a very special night for our family. The after-party went on past the early hours. All our close family and all our friends from over the years were there and we have to thank the staff at the Macron Stadium for partying with us.
“For Hughie to win the prestigious old Lonsdale belt is fantastic. A British heavyweight champion by 23 – it’s not often you can say that. Now he’s won it and enjoyed it, he’s got his eyes firmly set on bigger prizes.
“Hughie will be back in the gym on June 1 and we’ll be looking to fight in late July. Who that’s against remains to be seen but he’s looking to push onwards and upwards back to that world title shot as soon as possible.”