- Fury vs Povetkin goes Saturday, August 31st at 3 PM ET
- Can Fury finally score that elusive big name win for his resume?
- Can Povetkin rebound after a lengthy hiatus and failed world title bid?
Hughie Fury vs Alexander Povetkin goes this weekend at the O2 Arena in London, England.
The prizefight is featured as part of the Lomachenko vs Campbell undercard. The 12 round heavyweight contest pits a 24-year-old surging prospect against a 39-year-old established veteran who has been there and done that.
This event is a co-feature between Top Rank and Matchroom Boxing. The card will be broadcast on ESPN+ and Sky Sports Box Office.
Fury vs Povetkin Odds
*Odds taken 08/27/19
This is a tough matchup for Fury but there’s some level of calculated risk. A loss doesn’t set him terribly far back and a win could turn him into a contender overnight.
Povetkin is a former WBA heavyweight champion and has been in there with some of the best of his generation. I think Fury will make it ugly and grind out some form of decision win.
Fury notches a strategic win
Povetkin has been out of competition for close to a year. His last outing was a TKO loss to world champion Anthony Joshua and it was the first stoppage loss of Povetkin’s career. It will be interesting to see if Povetkin fights a little gun shy or makes certain adjustments to ensure a similar outcome doesn’t happen again.
THE FURY NAME – PRIDE & PAIN@HughieFury on fighting for family pride, overcoming dark moments in defeat, and accepting a perilous fight
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) August 26, 2019
Fury has the age, height and reach advantage, while Povetkin clearly has the edge in terms of experience against a high quality of fighters.
Stylistically, the fight will be intriguing with Povetkin’s 71 percent KO rate and Hughie’s defensively savvy approach. Also, this is Fury’s first fight under the Matchroom Boxing banner which could add additional pressures or galvanize his performance.
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I think this is the perfect fight for both men considering the respective junctures of their careers. Another Fury loss to a pugilist of this caliber could impose a ceiling on him and his skill set. For Povetkin, a loss could remove him from world title contention for the rest of his career as well.
I see Fury utilizing his speed and elusiveness a fair bit here with some tie-ups and clinch work mixed in to keep Povetkin guessing. Fury has been scoring some KOs in his last couple of bouts and seems to be developing more confidence in his offensive capabilities, which will translate to a win at the O2 on Saturday night.
Pick: Fury (+140)