UNFAMILIAR surroundings failed to faze the improving Maxi Hughes as he picked up his fifth straight win as a professional, writes Liam Hoden.
Each of Hughes’ previous four bouts have been held at the Dome, but he looked completely at home at Cleethorpes’ Beachcomber Resort where he comfortably outpointed tricky veteran Bheki Moyo on Sunday evening.
And he retained his perfect record of never dropping a round with the 40-36 victory.
The Rossington lightweight may have given up nine pounds to the South Africa native but he dominated the four round contest in strength and ability terms.
From the first bell Hughes piled on the pressure, unleashing several strong body shots.
There was an early reluctance to work the jab but the southpaw would enjoy success later in the first round with a couple of combinations off the right hand.
Moyo sought to use his weight advantage to force Hughes onto the ropes but when there he failed to produce anything meaningful.
Hughes enjoyed more success with body shots in the second round and was more effective and accurate as a whole as he tempered his desire to throw the big shots.
The 21-year-old’s movement was excellent at times also, at one point bringing about the shot of the fight.
He sidestepped a Moyo advance and landed a brilliant straight that stunned the veteran.
Hughes turned up the heat in the third, cornering his opponent and commencing a barrage which Moyo struggled to escape from.
Moyo offered something of his own for the first time, but one big straight was all it amounted to.
The final round saw Hughes at his most comfortable with victory firmly in his grasp.
He worked the left straight well, hurting Moyo with the shot and opening up several opportunities for combination work.