Hughie Fury and Hennessy Sports will return to free to air TV in May as the longtime promotional outfit of Hughie Fury will contest the British heavyweight title on May the 12th currently held by Sam Sexton. The Lord Lonsdale belt will be contested at the Whites Hotel in Bolton, Lancashire and will be shown live and exclusive on Channel 5 in the UK. Hughie is no stranger to boxing on Channel 5, having made his name on the channel after a successful amateur career with the vast majority of his fights taking place under the Channel 5 banner as a professional.
Hughie Fury returns to action following his controversial WBO world heavyweight title defeat to Joseph Parker, who claimed a wide and unjust majority decision to the shock of the boxing community. Many felt that the 23-year-old Hughie did more than enough to claim a comfortable victory over the New Zealander in Manchester in September last year. Fury returns against one of the most under-rated heavyweights on the British heavyweight circuit in the form of Sexton, many would be understanding if the Manchester pugilist had taken an easier route back to the world scene.
Sam Sexton himself a previous Commonwealth heavyweight champion and current British champion, travelled to Scotland to face Gary Cornish for the vacant title last October. Sexton claimed a deserved unanimous decision verdict against the Scottish fighter producing the performance of his career to date.
Promoter Hennessy Sports who are promoting the event on May 12th, Mick Hennesy spoke of his delight on returning to free to air television and putting the first British heavyweight title clash on free to air TV in almost seven years.
“I’m delighted to bring the historic British Heavyweight Championship back to mainstream, free-to-air, television on Channel 5 where it will be seen by the biggest viewing audience possible due to their considerable reach and exposure. I can’t believe that it will be nearly seven years since the British Heavyweight title was last seen on free-to-air in the UK on Channel 5, which we also promoted. We’re back with a bang along with our partners Infinitum and thrilled to deliver a great fight for the fans between two proud and fierce warriors in Sam and Hughie and one that will make the whole country sit up and take notice. I’d like to thank Channel 5, Infinitum, Peter Fury and Graham Everett who were involved to make this happen and I can’t wait for May 12th.”
Sam Sexton himself knows that victory over Hughie Fury will strengthen his positioning in both continental and world rankings as the Norwich based heavyweight will be seeking to upset the odds over the talented Fury.
“I’m really excited to be boxing on a Mick Hennessy and Channel 5 show which is on free-to-air TV. It’s a great fight against a young world class opponent, but I believe I have the experience and ability to win and I won’t be at all phased going into Hughie’s homeland as I’ve proved in the past with Championship victories in Belfast, twice, and in Edinburgh.”
Hughie Fury knows the task ahead of him and showing the winning desire within himself following his defeat to Parker in September, knowing too well that easier challenges were available to him and proving he wants to fight the best available.
“I’m going to do what I always do and that’s perform to my best. I’m very excited to be back and facing Sexton for the British title and believe me I’m on a mission to claim back what should have been rightfully mine, the world title. I am the uncrowned world champion and come May 12 you will see why that is.”