Hughie Fury bounced back with a very easy tune-up win today in Manchester, stopping unheralded Canadian Chris Norrad at 1:51 of the second round in a Channel 5 main event.
Fury (22-2, 12 KO) landed more or less at will from the get-go, not that he was throwing a bunch of bombs or anything, he fought like Hughie Fury without a credible opponent in front of him. He landed some decent body shots and Norrad (17-1, 8 KO) held on about as well as could be expected.
In the second round, Fury landed a chopping right hand to the side of the head, then another, which put Norrad down. Norrad did get up at nine, but referee Mark Lyson called it off there. Norrad seemed to complain that the final shot was to the back of the head, and it was maybe borderline-ish on replay, but not a clear foul or anything.
This was, as Fury put it after the fight, just him messing around for a couple rounds against a totally overmatched opponent. At 24, he has a lot of time in his career, but nothing new was learned today. Hughie was beating guys at this skill level six years ago, being honest.
Alex Dilmaghani TKO-8 Martin Parlagi
Dilmaghani (19-1, 8 KO), a 27-year-old super featherweight, hadn’t fought at home in the UK since Oct. 2013, spending time in Mexico and Canada the last five years. He looked pretty sharp here, outboxing 31-year-old Parlagi (25-3-1, 14 KO), who is originally from Slovakia and now lives in Prague, en route to the eighth round stoppage, which seemed more caused by Parlagi suffering some sort of arm injury than any damage from the action of the fight. Parlagi hadn’t lost since 2015, which was also his last time in the UK, when he dropped a 10-round decision to Ben Jones. Counting a 2014 loss to Marco McCullough in Belfast, Parlagi is now 0-3 in the UK, and his draw came in Ukraine in 2016, but otherwise he’s aces in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and one fight in Slovenia.