Boxing - Hughie aims to impress on cousin Tyson's undercard

Knockout win debutants square off on the undercard to Tyson Fury’s IBF title eliminator against Steve 'USS' Cunningham at The Theater at Madison Square Garden tonight.

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With one knockout win from one contest, Tyson’s 18-year-old cousin, Hughie Fury, takes a step up in class for his second professional fight, as he meets a man with the same record in Alex Rozman.

“I'm feeling good, I'm in good shape and all ready to go - I just cant wait to get in there,” Hughie said. “I’m just going to do my boxing, not rush anything and be relaxed, that’s the important thing."

Hughie, the first Irish/British fighter to win a gold medal at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships at super heavyweight, impressed with an emphatic second-round knockout victory over David Whittom on his professional debut. He will certainly be looking to send another big statement to a terrestrial audience at the sport’s most historic venue as he continues his transition into the pro ranks. But, he cannot afford to underestimate his latest opponent. Rozman, a trained MMA fighter, also won his professional debut with an emphatic knock out, beating Brandon Segura in the first round.

“For my first fight I wasn’t nervous one bit, I was excited and kept calm and I put on a good display and I’ll do the same for this one,” Hughie said. “I want to show people my skill and show them what I’ve got - I’m wanting to put on a good display of boxing.

“It’s unbelievable, especially with my second fight getting put on Channel 5 with the whole world watching me, I just can’t wait.”

Hughie has been training with his cousin Tyson as he prepares for Cunningham. Team Fury set up their training camp at Casino Lac-Leamy, Ottawa, Canada, ahead of the contest, where they have had access to state of the art training facilities and running trails.

The fight on Channel 5, sponsored by SuperCasino, will be shown in a 90-minute programme from 9.30pm in the UK, while NBC will be airing a special two-hour afternoon presentation of NBC Sports Fight Night, only the third time boxing has been on network television in the US since 1993 - making this the widest reaching heavyweight fight for many years.

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