Doncaster’s Maxi ready to go again

Maxi Hughes will return to action in Sheffield tonight. Picture: Trevor Price.
Maxi Hughes will return to action in Sheffield tonight. Picture: Trevor Price.

Rossington lightweight Maxi Hughes is ready to show what he is all about after pressing the re-set button on his promising career.

The all action fighter is back in the ring tonight at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, returning five months after a valiant defeat to the highly rated Scott Cardle.

And it has been all change for the 23-year-old since then.

“I took myself away from boxing for a long break over the summer and I’ve changed trainers,” Hughes told the Star. “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 feels he was somewhat overawed by the television cameras and big stage during his clash with Cardle which he lost 97-94 on points.

He said: “That’s my main regret from the 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.”

Hughes expects a tough test from opponent Mark McKray (5-22-1) tonight.

He said: “He’s a dangerous kid. 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.”

Bentley light heavyweight Jamie Hughes will also be in action against Jody Meikle.