London (May 14) Heavyweight star Hughie Fury goes looking for his third straight win in as many fights at a charity night of professional boxing in Belfast, Northern Ireland, tonight.
Hughie takes on experienced fighter Moses Matovu at the Historic Belfast City Hall, the first time the venue has ever hosted professional boxing in its 103-year history, in aid of the Oscar Knox Appeal.
“It means a lot to me, it’s nice to fight for a charity and it’s nice to do for the people and to help other people - it means a lot,” Hughie said.
“It’s a good feeling, it’s the first time they’ve ever had boxing there as well so I can’t wait.”
The Oscar Knox Appeal raises funds for four-year-old Mallusk boy Oscar Knox, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, Neuroblastoma, a year and a half ago.
Oscar, who is a massive boxing fan, was given the all clear last month and the profits from this event will help fund his specialist treatment.
“It’s a bad thing for any child to have cancer and I hope to god tonight does help and I hope that going into the future we can do more for them,” Hughie said.
“Cancer is a bad thing to get anyway, but for a child! I’d do anything to help, it’s a pleasure.”
In Hughie's last contest he dominated the previously unbeaten Alex Rozman at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Shown on network television in the US on NBC and on terrestrial television in the UK on Channel 5, the 18-year-old younger cousin of heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury, put Rozman to the canvas twice before the referee stepped in to stop the contest in only the first round.
For Hughie, the first ever Irish/British fighter to win a gold medal at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships at super heavyweight, this followed the emphatic second-round knockout victory over David Whittom on his professional debut.
Now the 6'7" teenager takes aim at the experienced Moses Matovu, who fights out of Bangor, Northern Ireland.
“He’s an awkward opponent - experienced, but I’m going to give a boxing lesson to him,” Hughie said.
“I’m going to put on a good boxing display, I’m feeling good, training has gone well with plenty of sparring, so I’m sharp and ready to go.
“Belfast City Hall is a place where nobody has fought before, a building of great history and not only that it helps a child so I’m really looking forward to it.”
The main event of the card sees Belfast fighter Kevin O’Hara take on Dubliner Noel O’Brien for the vacant Irish light-welterweight title.
Tyson Fury will also be ringside at the event.
Doors for tonight are at 7pm with the first bell at 7.30pm. The show is almost a complete sell out, check with the Belfast Welcome Centre for availability 0289 024 6609.