Maxi is going to be a Hughes star

TARGETING THE TOP: Maxi Hughes. Picture: Trevor Price

TARGETING THE TOP: Maxi Hughes. Picture: Trevor Price

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PROMOTER Dave Coldwell believes Maxi Hughes will soon take his place among the elite of the packed British lightweight division, writes Liam Hoden.

The Rossington fighter signed with the Rotherham-based promoter earlier this year and will have his second bout under the Coldwell banner next Friday at the Magna Centre.

And Coldwell insists the 22-year-old (pictured left) deserves mentioning in the same breath as fellow lightweights Kieran Farrell, Anthony Crolla and Derry Matthews.

He said: “I’ve got a lot of fighters from all over the country now and Maxi is one those I’m most excited about.

“He’s got a tremendous amount of boxing skill and a lot of heart – I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen so far.

“Maxi’s also got a lot of charisma as well and I think he was born to be a star.

“The lightweight division in this country is buzzing right now and I think Maxi will be right up there very soon.

“He’s got what it takes to be English champion in the next year and knocking on the door for a British title bout.”

Hughes is set to meet a tough European opponent next weekend, looking to build on his seven wins and a draw in his eight fights so far.

Another Doncaster Hughes is also set for the Magna card.

Bentley’s Jamie Hughes – no relation to Maxi – will have his second professional bout following his explosive debut in September.

The 29-year-old (pictured right) knocked out Joe Jones in 44 seconds on his debut.

Coldwell said: “We’re hoping this next one goes a bit longer.

“Jamie showed how much power he’s got in that debut. It didn’t look the biggest punch but you could see what it did to the opponent.

“Boxing fans love a big hitter and I’m sure Jamie is going to pick up a lot of supporters.

“He’s got no fear – he definitely wouldn’t be worried about getting in there with anybody.

“Both him and Maxi have sold a lot of tickets and there’s going to be a big Doncaster presence there on the night.”

Tickets for Coldwell’s November 30 show at Rotherham’s Magna Centre are available by calling (01709) 910602.