Indeed, it's why he's my favorite rival at the moment. Was there a rival before Hugh who focused so much on his family? Props to him for being a wonderful Brother Wolf (the sibling Papa Wolf?), even if he does let his rage get the best of him at times.
As for his battling style, I think it's rather neat that his battle style is weaker than yours, though. He constantly mentions the player to watch his back, so maybe he knows he's not a very strong battler, and it's WHY he's so rage-filled, knowing he was weak back then, and is still weak now, and he has to count on the player to help him become strong too. It's very nice to have a rival who ISN'T obsessed with defeating the player.