Boxing: Maxi Hughes buoyed by McDonnell corner work ahead of WBC title fight

Maxi Hughes
Maxi Hughes

Maxi Hughes believes the experience of being in the corner of gym mate Gavin McDonnell will stand him in good stead this weekend.

The Rossington fighter was a second in McDonnell’s corner for his European super bantamweight title triumph in front of thousands of fans in Sheffield last month.

And Hughes says it gave him an insight into what he will face this weekend at Leeds Arena when he faces Martin J Ward for the WBC International super featherweight crown.

“It was a great experience being in Gav’s corner,” Hughes told the Star.

“Standing in the ring before and after, having a look around the huge venue and hearing the fans, it’s helped me prepare for this weekend.

“I’ve not fought on a stage as big as that myself before but now I’ve got an idea about what it will be like in Leeds.

“It’s not new and not something I’ll spend too much time thinking about because I’ve experienced it now.”

The 25-year-old was recently granted his seconds license and will work alongside his own trainers Dave Hulley and Jimmy Harrington in the corners of his gym mates.

But he says he has yet to decide on whether he will pursue a future in coaching himself.

He said: “I’m just focused on fighting for now and we’ll see what happens.

“I’ve always said I won’t box past 30 and I’ll do something else so I might be sick of it all by then.”

Hughes and Ward battled out a controversial draw in December in a British title eliminator.