Hughie Fury claims WBO Intercontinental title and maintains unbeaten professional record
By Mark Crellin
Last Updated: 01/05/16 8:27am
Hughie Fury has claimed the vacant WBO Intercontinental heavyweight title after claiming victory by technical decision over Fred Kassi at the Copper Box Arena.
The bout had to be sent to the scorecards in the seventh round because Fury had suffered a gash above his left eye after an accidental clash of heads.
But the unbeaten 21-year-old had been in command from the outset and secured a comfortable verdict, with the judges scoring the fight 69-66, 70-64 and 69-65 in his favour.
Fury's cousin, Tyson, is the current WBA and WBO heavyweight champion, and the younger Fury is now ascending the ranks himself.
Bidding to take his record to 20 wins from as many fights as a pro, Fury was comfortable in the early stages against Kassi, controlling the affair without having to move into top gear.
Having landed with a nice right at the end of round three, Fury went on to win rounds four and five without connecting with any big blows, struggling to find his range somewhat as the crafty Kassi regularly changed stances.
But Fury had the crowd cheering in the sixth when he got through the Kassi defences, only to then suffer the cut which forced referee Terry O'Connor to bring proceedings to an early end.
The fight was preceded by a brilliant super-flyweight scrap between Jamie Conlan and Anthony Nelson.
Belfast fighter Conlan eventually claimed the Commonwealth title but only after a sensational bout, in which he was sent to the canvas twice.
Conlan knocked Nelson down in the opening round but was then floored himself in the third and the seventh.
But he managed to recover and stopped his opponent in the eighth when he landed with a left hook to the body, to claim Nelson's title and retain his unbeaten record.