Maxi Hughes was angling for a place in the next Prizefighter tournament but got much more than he bargained for.
The Rossington boxer approached manager Dave Coldwell and asked him to appeal for a place in December’s eight man Prizefighter Lightweights tournament.
While Hughes will indeed fight on the Prizefighter bill on December at Bethnal Green’s historic York Hall, it will be in a British super featherweight title eliminator against Martin Joseph Ward.
“I called Dave about Prizefighter and he told me he was putting the final touches of getting me this eliminator with Ward,” Hughes told the Star. “I’m over the moon with this opportunity and I’m going to take it with both hands.
“People will be expecting Ward to win this but that doesn’t bother me.
“I like being the underdog and I’m going there to cause an upset.
“I need to win this fight and I’m going to.”
Hughes admits he was frustrated with his lack of progress this year, despite his single defeat in a 14 fight career coming against the highly-rated Scott Cardle.
But winning the International Masters super featherweight title in September provided a timely boost.
The 24-year-old said: “In the summer I was ready to take the rest of the year off but I’m glad I stuck with it.
“I won my fight in September and now I’ve got this big opportunity.”
As a result of his bout with Ward, Hughes withdrew from his scheduled fight at iceSheffield this Friday night.