Hughes makes his mark on Frank Warren debut
Alex ‘Bad News’ Hughes (4-0, 3KO) aimed to attract attention on the weekend and did just that with a thunderous knockout. On Saturday, the 21-year-old was appearing on a Frank Warren promoted show for the first time and only needed less than a round to make an impressive first impression on the Hall of Fame entrant at the SSE [Wembley] Arena. Hughes likes to pressure but counter-punch on the front foot and it seemed to confuse Gyorgy Varga (3-3) from the first bell. The visitor soon appeared apprehensive and it allowed Hughes to sit down on his counters. The Welshman spotted the opening towards the end of the opener, as Varga’s lead-left dipped he was countered with a flush right cross. Varga stumbled to the canvas in the corner and struggled to his feet before the ten count. However, the referee waved the contest off when the Hungarian struggled to regain his senses, giving Hughes the third knockout of his professional career. It was a knockout that Gary Lockett, who trains and manages Hughes, would have been proud to produce in his own explosive career. Hughes was deep down on the undercard but with more performances like that, the Maerdy middleweight is showing all the signs that he’ll rise towards the top as one of Wales’ most promising prospects.