Last Saturday at York Hall on the Goodwin Boxing Brawl in the Hall show, Team Southpaw Jab member Jack Hughes made a strong case to push upwards in the domestic super flyweight scene. Hughes won one of the last awarded, now that they have been discontinued, International Challenge Belts in his last fight. Not that you’d have known because he never mentions it. Joking aside, his six rounder against Manchester’s affable Stephen Maguire was an impressive performance.
Although he has a losing record, Maguire is green in the pro game and learning with every fight. The awkward southpaw tried to make things very hard for Hughes, as he wheeled around the ring against the ropes; making the Southpaw Jab man not only work, but think. You may not believe it, but think he did. Our Jack came out on top, convincingly. 60-54 was the verdict of a fight which given eight rounds may have really caught fire as it warmed up entertainingly over six.
Jack is now 5-1 (0), still looking for the knockout (to win a bet), but more importantly still on course for a title shot. There’s no word on that yet, but common sense would pick out two fighters on Saturday night’s show just for starters. Prince Brady was later on the bill, and fell to former Hughes foe, Georgi Georgiev. Stopped in the first.
Sam Cantwell opened the show, and made something of a statement after an eighteen month hiatus. The popular Millwall boy blew Georgi Andonov away in three rounds. Ironically, Hughes is the only one of the three super flyweights not to have succumbed to Georgi Georgiev’s fists. Cantwell was, like Brady, also halted by the Bulgarian bruiser. Hughes has beaten Georgiev twice.
But where next? Well, one can only speculate as Jack and his team are tight lipped about it, but an area title would make sense. Opponent? There are fourteen super flyweights in the UK, spread across the regions and at different stage of their careers. Logic suggests a certain Sam Cantwell. Both men are in form, both have good records, both have good support, crucially both are Southern Area. If it’s exciting, if it sells, if it’s a title match between two super flyweights in the same area, what is it?
I know my answer, and let’s hope we see it next for Jack.