Hughie Fury opponent named for May 25 return to action in Manchester

Hughie Fury v Norrad

Hennessy Sports, Channel 5 and Infinitum, in association with VIP Promotions, are delighted to announce that former World Heavyweight title challenger Hughie Fury will make his long awaited return to the ring.

Fury is back in action on Saturday 25th May at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. The fight is exclusively live on free-to-air Channel 5.

In the headline attraction, the Manchester star will take on the undefeated Canadian Chris “The Natural” Norrad in a twelve round International Heavyweight contest.

The bout will be supported by rising star Alex Dilmaghani in an International Super-Featherweight contest. Plus undefeated female sensation Savannah Marshall.

Fury has his first fight since his loss to Kubrat Pulev last October. He pushed the Bulgarian the full twelve rounds in Sofia. Despite not being able to see out of his left eye from a cut in the second round, Fury lost on the judges’ scorecards.

He will be aiming to return to the same destructive form that took him to the British title in May last year. Winning the Lonsdale Belt, he smashed Sam Sexton in five rounds.

This will be Fury’s first fight back in his home city of Manchester since his WBO World title challenge against Joseph Parker in September 2017. That fight ended controversially when many felt that Fury had beaten the New Zealander.

The 24-year-old, trained by father Peter, still has plenty of time on his side. He aims to get back into World title contention. But first, Fury must deal with Norrad from Boiestown, New Brunswick.

Norrad has amassed a perfect record of 17 wins, no losses with eight knockouts.

Chief support on the card features the exciting and highly-avoided Alex Dilmaghani from Worthing, Sussex. He takes on the Czech Republic’s hardened Martin Parlagi.

The 27-year-old southpaw has 18 wins and just one very early career points loss on his record. For the last five years has been plying his trade in Canada and Mexico. He was Juan Manuel Marquez’s sparring partner for the Manny Pacquiao fights.

He’s now ready to show just what he can do back on home soil as he pushes to get himself in contention for a world title opportunity.

One of the most exciting female boxers on the scene, the hard-hitting Savannah Marshall, makes her return to the ring as she edges closer to challenge for a World title.

Marshall created history in 2012. She became the first ever British female to win gold at the World Championship in China.

Also trained by Peter Fury, the 27-year-old from Hartlepool captured her first pro title last October. She defeated Yanina Orozco in Sofia to capture the Vacant WBA Intercontinental Super-Middleweight crown.

Then in November, she destroyed Klaudia Vigh in two rounds in Manchester to take her record to a perfect 5-0 with three knockouts.

A cracking trade fight on the card sees Skelsmerdale’s Steve Brogan defend his Central Area Lightweight Championship. He collides with Glossop rival Adam Hague.

Completing the card will be Ellesmere Port super-lightweight Matty Fagan, unbeaten Middleweight welterweight Connor Lynch and Liverpool featherweight Marcel Braithwaite.


Promoter Mick Hennessy said: I’m really excited with the up-and-coming talent Alex Dilmaghani. I believe that he could be a huge star.

“The talented and world-class Savannah Marshall is back in action and she is certainly one to watch.

“Finally, the show is backed up with Brogan versus Hague for the Central Area Lightweight title. Plus Matty Fagan, Conor Lynch and Marcel Braithwaite on the undercard to make this a great night of boxing for the supporters.”

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