In his first fight since he suffered a comprehensive defeat to Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev in an IBF final eliminator, Manchester’s Hughie Fury meets Canadian Chris Norrad at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester live on free to air Channel 5.
It’s easy to be skeptical when fighters making a comeback after a loss face totally unknown opposition, but we do have to look at the bigger picture at times. Hughie Fury’s last four opponents have been Fred Kassi, Joseph Parker, Sam Sexton, and Kubrat Pulev, so Peter Fury and promoter Mick Hennessy have decided that the still only 24-year-old Hughie needs to get an outing where he can take a step back, put on a commanding show and get that feel good factor back. Or so they hope.
On paper this is a mismatch, Fury has faced quality opposition in his career since 2015 when after 14 fights he was put in against decent Russian Andriy Rudenko and won convincingly, Norrad on the other hand has no name opponents on his record and has never boxed outside Canada. The 35-year-old Norrad (17-0-0 8 Ko’s) won the NABA Cruiserweight title from Frank White (7-5-2) in 2012 and moved up to heavyweight shortly afterwards, his record is poor to say the least.
Hughie seems to realise that Norrad should be dispatched authoritatively saying “The win is not the priority. It’s how I win. I’m going to put on an exciting show. This time, like the Sam Sexton fight, there’s going to be fireworks.
“For a start, you’ll see a big difference in my physique because we’ve brought Kerry Kayes on board and I’m much stronger in my body.
“I never liked sounding my own horn. Fighters can talk as much as you want during the build-up but I’ve always preferred to do my talking on fight night, inside the ring, the only place that matters”.
Fury needs to perform at the same level as he mentioned in the Sexton bout because that showed the difference between him and the other domestic heavyweights, Norrad has never been at Sexton’s level so nothing short of a clear stoppage win will suffice. The Canadian seems to fancy himself as a technician saying at the press conference “Working in the woods for 10 years built up strength and I possess a pretty powerful right hand. But I like to think my way through a fight. I’m smart and usually out jab the opposition. If you get the jab going it’ll win the fight for you.”
With Hughie’s experience plus advantages in height and reach, Norrad will need to have a high degree of boxing skills to compete.
The fight can be seen on free to air Channel 5 in the UK.
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