Fury makes his first appearance since that failed world title challenge but he's not taking things easy. Betfair's boxing writer Frankie Monkhouse landed three winners from three tips last weekend including Bellew by KO/TKO. Read his views on this one...
"It’s difficult to take Sexton on in his current form and he’ll certainly have a part to play in an entertaining fight, but Fury is a man going places in a hurry"
Big time boxing is back on terrestrial TV in a rare treat for fans who don't pay the ever-increasing monthly subscription fees for satellite television. We have a good, honest scrap on our hands to mark the occasion too. Taking place at the Bolton Whites Hotel, Hughie Fury makes his first appearance since narrowly losing out in a world title fight vs Joseph Parker.
His opponent on the night will be the well-travelled Sam Sexton who brings vital experience having shared a ring with domestic stars such as Dereck Chisora, Martin Rogan, David Price and Gary Cornish. He's on a nine-fight unbeaten run and puts his British heavyweight title on the line. He's not here to play dead either.
Fury played it safe last time
This is, on paper, a step down for Hughie Fury but it's a fight the 6ft 6inch orthodox needs to win if he's to get back to where he wants to be - challenging and winning world titles. The progressive 23-year-old was unlucky in the eyes of many to lose a majority decision to Parker at the Manchester Arena last summer for the WBO title, but the beaten man just didn't seem to do enough to rip the strap from the champion's waist. A valiant effort, yes, but he failed to roll the dice and gamble, instead looking to nick a points win which is always a risky strategy.
There's plenty of improvement in Fury however and we will see it here as he looks to show just how much he learned from the night with a return to winning ways. He's certainly not taking an easy route back either, challenging for the Lonsdale title after eight months out. Will that period of inactivity affect his chances? The betting certainly doesn't think so and Hughie is a red-hot 1/40 fav through the Betfair Sportsbook to get the nod. We keep digging.
Fury famously knocked Larry Olumamiwo out inside a round back in December 2015, but he hasn't stopped an opponent since with his next three testing the scoring judges. A points win makes more appeal at 2/1 or those who fancy an 11th career KO/TKO result will have to make do with the 4/9. Both prices are on the Betfair Sportsbook.
Sam wears the underdog label well
Sam Sexton has flown under the radar a little since the glory days of beating Rogan in a double-header for British and Commonwealth titles. Following those wins in 2009 the Norfolk puncher was cut-down in nine by Chisora in Birmingham and battered in four by Price in front of a Liverpool audience. The 6ft 2inch orthodox was forced to take a step back to the bread and butter of small hall shows to build his record back up again.
He did just that, winning eight fights on the bounce but his breakthrough came last time when claiming number nine courtesy of an upset win over Scotsman Gary Cornish in Edinburgh late last year. Written off by many before the first bell we saw flashes of Sexton's old class when boxing his way to a points verdict, grabbing the vacant British title in the process, scores of 116-114, 115-114 and 116-113 all but ending his opponent's career.
Not many saw that coming, especially in the stands that night, but Sam timed his comeback to perfection and he has made a bit of a name for himself as a man who loves to turn the tables on odds compilers. He'll have to do it again with [18.0] on the Betfair Exchange about a successful defence. That price tells a story. A points win is outsider of the lot at 33/1, the KO/TKO 25/1, both Sportsbook.
Sexton has three KO defeats on his record
It's difficult to take Sexton on in his current form and he'll certainly have a part to play in an entertaining fight, but Fury is a man going places in a hurry and he'll have confidence to burn having proven himself worth a place among the division's elite. With a bit more luck he could've been getting ready to defend his world title.
This is a fight Hughie must win but it's also a fight he must look good in. His opponent has three losses on his record already with each of those coming by way of knockout - Chisora (twice) and Price. Fury can add his name to that list with an inside the distance win at 4/9. Those after a bit more can try their luck on rounds 7 - 12 at 11/10 (Betfair Sportsbook).