Hughie Fury vs Chris Norrad: All the details you need to know
Heavyweight contender Hughie Fury, still only 24, returns from seven months out and his desultory, cut-affected decision defeat to Kubrat Pulev in an IBF final eliminator. Trained by his father, Peter Fury, Hughie still has time on his side to get to the top and begins the rebuilding process against undefeated but untested Canadian lumberjack, Chris Norrad, 17-0 (8).
Manchester’s Fury, 21-2 (11), gets home advantage on this Hennessy Sports promotion and a likely vast terrestrial television audience for a fight in which he is a big favourite. Norrad lacks a notable name on his record but should arrive with confidence and ambition against a man who has been competitive at world level and may well be the most mobile and elusive heavyweight on the planet.
The bout takes place on Saturday May 22.
Victoria Warehouse, Manchester.
12 three-minute rounds.
Coverage is on Channel 5 in the UK, from 9pm and the undercard will be on 5Spike from 7pm.
Chief support is a Central Area super-lightweight title fight between Skelmersdale’s 14-1-2 (2) Steve Brogan and Adam Hague, 14-1-1 (2) of Glossop. Brogan is the older man by almost a decade and both have lost to Lee Appleyard (Hague having edged him on his own pro debut). This is a tough one to call and, given they have attacking styles, will likely be the fight of the night.
There are also outings for well-travelled Surrey super-feather Alex Dilmaghani, 18-1 (7) and a former Juan Manuel Marquez sparring partner who has spent the last four years between Canada and Mexico, and top female prospect Savannah Marshall, 5-0 (3) and the only lady to defeat current undisputed middleweight queen Claressa Shields, en route to the World gold in 2012.