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Fury to claim biggest career win? Get Hughie Fury v Alexander Povetkin tips

Leigh Copson 18 Aug 2019
Hughie Fury (credit:Dave Thompson/PA Archive/PA Images)

Hughie Fury will look to record the biggest win of his professional career when he faces former world heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin on the undercard of Vasiliy Lomachenko v Luke Campbell on August 31, but can Tyson’s younger brother provide heavyweight boxing with another sizeable upset in 2019? Read on for our betting tips & guide to the big fight.

Road To Fury v Povetkin

Hughie Fury has got his career back on track in 2019, rebounding from the world heavyweight title loss to Joseph Parker in September 2017 and decision defeat to Kubrat Pulev just over a year later, by putting together back-to-back wins. Let us not get carried away though – those victories have hardly made him a leading contender in the heavyweight division. A second-round knockout win over Chris Norrad was then followed up by a farcical seventh-round stoppage of former world title contender Samuel Peter, but if he can get the better of Alexander Povetkin on August 31 he will have secured the biggest victory of his career and propelled himself back into the upper echelon of the division. But can he score the upset?

The bookmakers are siding with Povetkin for this one and it is no major surprise. The 39-year-old Russian held the WBA heavyweight title between August 2011 and October 2013, when he suffered the first of his two professional defeats at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko. ‘The White Lion’ rebounded from that loss over the next few years to reel off eight straight victories to propel him back into world title contention, but a series of failed drug tests left a dark cloud hanging over him and at one time he was banned for life by one governing body back in 2017. Povetkin was able to fight on though by other boxing boards and in September 2018 he attempted to dethrone then heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. That quest ended in failure as he was stopped in the seventh round at Wembley Stadium and he has not had another fight since that night.

Povetkin will finally make his return to the ring on the undercard of the lightweight showdown between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Luke Campbell on August 31, but will his latest London outing end in a return to winning ways or can Fury claim the biggest scalp of his career so far and climb back into the world title picture for the first time since his decision defeat to then WBO champion Parker?

Hughie Fury v Alexander Povetkin Tips

The bookmakers are expecting Fury to come up short against Povetkin, but they are not writing off the British heavyweight. While Povetkin is the 1/2 favourite, Fury is as short as 7/4 to record the biggest professional victory of his career so far and it would not surprise me if he got it.

Povetkin gave Joshua problems with his power when he challenged for several world heavyweight titles last September, but it has been almost 12 months since he last fought and when you add that to his age and those failed drug tests, you have to wonder just how much the Russian truly has in the tank ahead of this one. And if Fury can keep his distance, stay out of trouble and maintain his discipline then the fight could become his to lose.

Fury is the bigger man, both in terms of height and reach, and he has the footwork and handspeed that could help him pepper the former champion at range. He also, at 24, has age on his side too and that youth and freshness does make it tempting to back an upset. However, Fury does not have the power to trouble Povetkin and make him think twice about his attacks, and that is a massive problem for the British heavyweight. If he cannot deter Povetkin then he is going to have to stand up to some big shots coming his way, and not many men have managed to do that over the years.

Fury should not be written off here, but I expect Povetkin to take him out in the second half of the fight and send ‘The Fist Of Fury’ back to the drawing board.

What The Experts Are Saying

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Hughie Fury v Alexander Povetkin Tale Of The Tape

Hughie Fury v Alexander Povetkin

Hughie FuryTale Of The TapeAlexander Povetkin
23 (13 KOs)Wins34 (24 KOs)
2 (0 KOs)Losses2 (1 KO)
130Total Rounds231
6' 6"Height6' 2"

What The Fighters Said

Hughie Fury: “I’m over the moon. I can’t wait. These are the kind of fights I want to be in. Matchroom [Boxing] can get me these big names and I’m just really looking forward to it. Povetkin is a dangerous man. You can’t take anything away from that. He’s not been where he’s been for nothing. It’s a very serious fight but I’m confident of getting the win on the night. This fight here represents a massive opportunity. As soon as it was suggested, I said ‘yes.’ Povetkin is a completely different level to my last fight and I believe his style will compliment mine.”

Alexander Povetkin: “Hughie Fury is a young, strong and challenging boxer for me to face. I am glad this fight will take place in the United Kingdom where people really love their boxing. I am anticipating an exciting fight and I look forward to returning to London next month.”

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