The 18-year-old was scheduled to make his debut on the undercard to his cousin, Tyson Fury’s, IBF world title eliminator against Steve Cunningham at The Theatre, Madison Square Garden, New York, on April 20, but now that will be the second fight of Hennessy Sports' latest addition, as Hughie prepares to take on David Whittom in Canada this Friday.
“I prefer that I’m fighting sooner, because now I can get warmed up and perform better - I can have my first pro fight, get used to the crowd, the atmosphere and the big arena at the Bell Centre,” Hughie said.
“I’m hoping to get all the pro debut nerves out of the way, I want to show my boxing skill and show everybody what I’m made of with a good performance, I can’t wait.
“This is the first one, I can use it to settle in and get used to the pro game and then hopefully step it up at Madison Square Garden.”
There are certainly high hopes for Hughie who, standing at six-feet and eight-inches, certainly has the attributes to make a big impression.
But Hughie cannot afford to underestimate his opponent.
Whittom, 34, is a tough, come forward fighter, who has battled some of the top contenders and, in front of his home crowd, certainly poses a formidable test for a professional debutant.
With 11 wins, seven by knockout and one draw to his name, Whittom has built a reputation for his durability and, despite his 19 (KO 9) defeats, will be no pushover for the latest Fury fighter.
“I don’t underestimate any fighter, so at the moment I’ve got to get David Whittom out of the way, he’s my main priority and after that we move on,” Hughie said.
“I’m expecting a good few rounds and the experience of pro fighting.”
Team Fury have set up their base at Casino Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, with both Hughie and Tyson preparing for their upcoming fights.
“Training has been going well, sparring nearly everyday, everything has been going good,” Hughie said.
“We settled in over here perfect, everything has been going good, been training with my Dad and Tyson - I’ve got used to the time difference, so I’m all ready to go.”
Hughie fights on the undercard to IBF #1 super middleweight, Adonis Stevenson, looking to avenge his only professional loss against Darnell Boone this Friday at the Bell Centre, Montreal.
Stevenson fought through a left hand injury to force a 12 round TKO of Don George in his last contest and has been promised the winner of the IBF/WBA unifier between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler on May 25th.
Also on the card will be Eleider Alvarez (11-0, 7KO) and Nicholson Poulard (19-3, 9KO) fighting for the WBO NABO and NABA light heavyweight title.
Live coverage of the card starts at 7PM Eastern Time. The fight can also be seen on WealthTV.com (excluding Canada) by signing up for an account.
"We are excited Hughie Fury is on the card and that his fans from home will be able to see him,” Tommy Morris, Director of Live Events for Wealth TV said.
“We have had Tyson Fury on our network in the past and we know Hughie will be just as exciting to watch.”