Pontefract’s Hughes boxes clever

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Pontefract fighter Sean ‘Short Fuse’ Hughes boxed superbly to beat Newcastle’s David Lake at the John Charles Centre for Sport, Hunslet, on Saturday night.

It was Hughes’s first fight for 18 months and many boxing pundits had thought the Chequerfield southpaw’s best days were possibly behind him.

However, Hughes showed he is still a major force to be reckoned with by twice putting Lake on the canvas in the last round on his way to a wide points victory. The bout perhaps could have been stopped by the referee in the final round as Hughes had Lake pinned against the ropes and and was giving him punishment with no reply but the bell came to the Newcastle man’s rescue.

Hughes used the fight as a ‘thank you’ to his local fans for their support over the years.

He will now be fighting at ‘away’ venues in a bid to fight for a major title in the future.

Immediately after Saturday’s bout an offer was made to Hughes to fight in France next month but a hand injury sustained in the fight may scupper those plans.