Maxi Hughes ‘can come back stronger’

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LEARNING from harsh lessons makes you better in the long-term and that applies to every walk of life.

Trainer Jamie Kennedy believes that his fighter Maxi Hughes, from Rossington, learned one before and during his last fight but he’s backing him to come back stronger in his first six rounder.

Hughes will form part of the Doncaster professional team that takes on Europe on Stefy Bull’s June 8 show at the Dome.

The 22-year-old southpaw is up against Slovakian Ivan Godor and Kennedy believes the import, nicknamed ‘The Little Dragon’, will be in for a tough fight as Hughes is coming back with a point to prove.

Hughes panicked ahead of his fight with Dundee’s Ronnie Clark last time out and did an extra training session against Kennedy’s advice and wishes. It took something away from his performance according to his Rotherham-based trainer and he ended up drawing.

“I told him that he was ready and to have a day off but when he came to the scales he was light. He admitted that he’d done half an hour skipping in a sweatsuit in his old gym and it did take it out of him. He realises now that it was a mistake.”

Hughes has been preparing by sparring former footballer Curtis Woodhouse and has also had a training stint at Kennedy’s Fuerteventura gym.

He’ll be chief support to Swinton’s Tommy Coward at the Dome on what will be a busy night for Kennedy.

“I’ve got Joe Rodgers on early doors in Rotherham the same night and once he’s fought, we’ll be dashing over to Doncaster to prepare Maxi,” he said.

Other Doncaster fighters against Slovakian opposition include Connor Nixon who faces unbeaten Ladislav Kollar. Gavin McDonnell fights Elemir Rafael and Ste Mac’s second pro outing will be against Julius Rafael.