Hughie Fury has been backed by his cousin Tyson to “come back stronger” after his heavyweight eliminator defeat against Kubrat Pulev. The 24-year-old, who suffered his first professional defeat when losing on points to then WBO champion Joseph Parker in September of last year, knew a win against Bulgarian Pulev on Saturday night would have made him the mandatory IBF challenger to face Anthony Joshua.
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However, it was the 37-year-old veteran who had the fight scored in his favour by all three judges in Sofia and he will now look to book a date against IBF, WBO, WBA ‘super’ champion, Joshua.
It is back to the drawing board for Fury, who said: “It wasn’t my night – the cut I suffered a few weeks ago opened up and it affected my performance. Despite that, I gave it my all, went the full twelve rounds and ran him close.
“It was a big ask for my fans to travel all this way and I want to thank them for coming out in force to show their support.”
Hughie’s cousin Tyson, who is preparing for his heavyweight title fight against WBC champion Deontay Wilder on December 1, was quick to offer his support.
He tweeted: “Well done in the Pulev fight. You can only do your best & @24 years old fighting the top level fighters in the world it’s amazing achievements. You will come back stronger & more experienced! Chin up cuz proud of you!”