Fury Needs Statement Win over Sexton to Bolster World Title Claims
Hughie Fury steps back into the ring at the Whites Hotel in Bolton this weekend, with the heavyweight looking to secure victory over Sam Sexton and get back on the world title trail.
The cousin of former world champion Tyson Fury is strongly fancied to get the job done, 188BET have him priced at 1.01 for the win, and he will need a statement performance to enter the heavyweight title conversation.
It will be Fury’s first fight since he lost to Joseph Parker in September of last year. That bout was for the WBO heavyweight strap, which Parker subsequently lost to Anthony Joshua, and Fury was far from disgraced in the fight.
It’s a stretch to say he should have been awarded the fight, as his father and trainer Peter Fury has claimed, but it was a performance that suggested he belonged in the upper echelon of the division.
At 23, Fury is young for a heavyweight and if he can build on the raw materials he already has then there is good reason to believe he can get another shot at a world title.
Losing to Sexton would derail those plans, but the current British heavyweight champion should not be dismissed – despite being a 15.0 shot with the 188BET.
Sexton, who has three losses on his record, has won nine fights on the spin and will bring confidence into the ring. He is also bringing outside the box thinking to the fight, as he has been working with a hypnotherapist in a bid to train his mind.
“I’ve been through a lot in the last few years and sometimes my mind hasn’t been focused, but this has really helped me,” the 33-year-old from Norwich said, per the Mirror. “It might not be for everyone, but it works for me.”
Being strong mentally is a boon for any boxer, as there are times when fighters are asked to dig extremely deep, but the issue facing Sexton is whether he is classy enough to prevent Fury taking the belt.
What hurt Fury in the Parker fight was his lack of power, as he has height, reach and moves extremely well for a man of 6 foot 6 inches. If he can bulk up and work on his power, it will improve his confidence and enable him to be more aggressive in the ring.
That would be a potent cocktail and could propel him up the heavyweight rankings, but first he needs to get Sexton out of the way and get his hands on the British heavyweight title.