HUGHES HOPING WELSH HELP WORKS

By Ashley Ball: Lightweight prospect Maxi Hughes (8-1-1) has joined Gary Lockett’s growing stable of young talent and based himself in Wales for his latest training camp. The 23-year-old southpaw from Doncaster fights tonight against dangerous journeyman Mark McKray (5-22, 4KO) at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre on a Coldwell Boxing show. He said, “I took myself away from boxing for a long break over the summer and I’ve changed trainers. I didn’t fall out with my previous trainers, I just needed a change. “My dad lives in Wales so there was an opportunity to go over there. I got in touch with Gary Lockett and he agreed to work with me. “It’s been a great experience. He’s got a good group of young prospects like me so we were learning with each other. “And the terrain over there is a bit different to Donny. The hills have been very good for my fitness.” Hughes is in a rebuilding process after suffering his first professional defeat in a hard fought points loss to Scott Cardle in April. It took time for Hughes to get going in that bout and he believes he can do better in a rematch but he can’t afford a slip up against McKray – who Welsh boxing fans will remember for losing a great four round war with Cardiff’s Francis Luke Robinson last year. He said, “That’s my main regret from the (Cardle) fight. I know I did well it went on but I just froze a bit at first. I’d love the chance for a rematch to set the record straight. “He’s a dangerous kid (McKray). Four of his five wins were knock-outs of decent prospects like me. It’ll be tough but I’m determined to show what I’m all about again.” For information on how to watch Coldwell Boxing’s Young Guns show at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, visit www.ColdwellBoxing.com.

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