Hughie Fury would have beaten Kubrat Pulev if not for cut eye – Peter Fury

Peter Fury insists his son Hughie would have beaten Kubrat Pulev if he had not suffered a cut early in his unanimous points loss.

Hughie sustained a cut above his left eye in sparring a fortnight ago and the wound re-opened when Pulev caught him with a jab in the second round of their IBF heavyweight title eliminator.

Hughie, 24, never got going because of the injury and lost 117-111, 118-110 and 115-113 on the judges’ scorecards in Pulev’s Sofia backyard.

“Hughie came into the fight with a cut above the eye,” said the trainer.

“He was stitched up two weeks ago but they [the doctors] said it would heal in time for the fight and obviously it didn’t.

“Pulev caught him with a jab and split it right open. From that moment in the second round it was an uphill battle. I’m proud of my son, he was fighting on away soil, injured, yet he still went the full distance.

“If the cut hadn’t happened, we would have seen a different outcome.”

Hughie misses out on the chance to face Anthony Joshua and he says he was affected by the cut.

“It wasn’t my night,” said Hughie, who also lost to Joseph Parker when he challenged for the WBO title.

“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 12 rounds and ran him close.”

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