MTK Global signs Yorkshire hero Maxi Hughes

Fresh off of his incredible victory over former world title challenger Jono Carroll, MTK Global is delighted to announce the signing of Maxi Hughes on an advisory deal.

Rossington star Hughes (21-5-2, 4 KOs) picked up that huge win earlier this month, when he put in a tremendous performance to defeat Carroll in the main event of an action-packed #MTKFightNight show.

The two-time British title challenger now hopes to kick on in his career following that superb victory, and is delighted to be linking up with MTK Global.

Hughes said: “If you’ve seen Gladiator, when Russell Crowe leaves the Colosseum and the other warriors chant his name ‘Maximus, Maximus,’ that’s basically what’s going on in my head right now!

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“Even though no one expected me to win against Jono, me and my team knew we would come out on top. I’ve fought on a few MTK shows and we’ve always been looked after so it’s good to be part of the stable.

“It feels like I’m on the A-side after a 10 year career on the B-side. I’ve always believed I’m good enough, and I’ve always taken any opportunity to fight the best.

“Being backed by a big outfit like MTK should give me the opportunity to climb the world rankings. I want to be involved in any big fights which come my way.”

MTK Global Promoter Lee Eaton added: “We’re proud to welcome Maxi Hughes to the team. He’s dedicated his life to the sport for 10 years and we saw it pay off with his brilliant win over Jono Carroll earlier this month.

“Maxi has always had to work twice as hard to get opportunities within boxing, but we’re now confident that with MTK Global alongside him, he can continue to produce stellar performances and achieve big things.”

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Undefeated Irish star Gary Cully will now take on former Welsh Area lightweight champion Craig Woodruff on an action-packed #MTKFightNight at Production Park Studios in Wakefield on August 26.

The fight between Irish champion Cully (10-0, 5 KOs) and Woodruff (10-5, 4 KOs) will be shown live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV.

Woodruff is on a three-fight win streak and replaces Kieran Gething in the fight, but Cully isn’t let the change of opponent alter his focus.

Cully said: “It doesn’t matter who I’m in the ring with on the night, I just prepare myself to the best of my ability and I’m looking forward to being back.

“I know a bit about Woodruff. The fight was talked about about around a year ago, so I had a look at him back then. I’ve seen his fight with Gething, and Woodruff is a lot better than his record suggests.

“I think it’s a lot trickier than the Gething fight would have been, as Woodruff has a more awkward style, so it’s something that I have to adapt to and overcome.

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“He’s 6 foot, so it’s going to be a bit different to most of my usual fights where I’m much taller than my opponents, but I’m in the gym every day sparring a mix of everybody, so I’m ready for any style.”

Cully vs. Woodruff is part of a huge event on August 26, which is headlined by Lewis Crocker facing Louis Greene for the WBO European welterweight title.

The first #MTKFightNight event of the summer takes place on Wednesday 12 August, as Jono Carroll faces Maxi Hughes, Sean McComb going up against Siar Ozgul, Craig MacIntyre taking on Darren Surtees, Sahir Iqbal meeting Maredudd Thomas for the WBC Youth title, and the return of Pierce O’Leary.

Aged 15-19 and want to enter the world of boxing as a fighter, coach, referee, cutsperson, promoter, event coordinator, journalist and everything in between? Sign up for the #MTKAcademy now: www.academyse.co.uk/mtkacademy

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