Hughie Fury-Dominick Guinn set for Saturday night

By James Slater - 03/21/2016 - Comments

Hughie Fury, cousin of heavyweight ruler Tyson Fury, has a busy schedule planned; with two fights set for the next month. The unbeaten 22-year-old who is currently 18-0(10) will face a TBA on April 30th but this Saturday, durable, never stopped Dominick Guinn will face the contender on very short notice.

Nagy Aguilera was to have fought Fury – who has just signed a deal with promoter Frank Warren but will still work with Mick Hennessey also – but he pulled out injured, leaving the respective promoters of Fury to find a late replacement foe.

Now in steps Guinn, 40-years-old and 35-10-1(24) on around a week’s notice. The fight will go ahead on the under-card of the Nick Blackwell-Chris Eubank Junior card at Wembley (and, for UK fans, the card will go out live on terrestrial Channel 5). Guinn has not fought for over a year (blasting out a club fighter inside a round in February of last year) and he has had just two fights since the summer of 2012. It’s not clear what kind of shape “The Southern Disaster” is currently in, but it will be interesting to see if Fury can become the first man to stop the former top contender.

Guinn was supposed to face a then unbeaten Dillian Whyte late last summer, but he pulled out of the fight. It is to be hoped Guinn does not repeat that ahead of Saturday’s fight. A very experienced fighter who has been in with name after name – including Michael Grant, James Toney, Monte Barrett, Tony Thompson, Audley Harrison, Kubrat Pulev and, in his most recent top level fight, Tomasz Adamek in 2013 – Guinn might just have enough left to teach Fury a thing or two.

Fury might have to go a few rounds, perhaps all the way to the final bell, before he moves on to his April fight, also set for London. Again, the big interest in Fury-Guinn is whether or not Fury can stop the veteran. Hopefully Guinn will enter the ring at a decent weight and give Fury a good test.