JAMIE HUGHES has signed with Rotherham-based promoter Dave Coldwell and will make his debut in September.
Bentley’s Hughes, aged 28, feels that the time was right to switch to the professional ranks and will compete in the light-heavyweight division.
Hughes, a southpaw, has choosen to sign with Coldwell Boxing so that he can box close to home and build a local fanbase ahead of challenging for titles in a weak division.
“I had been in talks with a promoter over in Manchester but it made more sense to sign with somebody who put on local shows and Dave made me a great offer,” said Hughes, a former ABA finalist.
“I’ll be able to sell more tickets locally and everything will be geared up towards my debut now.”
“Jamie is a quality boxer and we’ve got some really big ideas for what we want to do with him,” added Coldwell.
A former Highfields ABC fighter, Hughes will now train with Jamie Kennedy in Rotherham alongside Rossington lightweight Maxi Hughes, who is no relation.
James Tucker has a re-match with Shuzzy Hussain tomorrow night (Saturday) in Halifax. Tucker beat him on points late last year.