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Alexander Povetkin: Performance against Hughie Fury not disappointing

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Former WBA world champion Alexander Povetkin (35-2, 24 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision Hughie Fury (23-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the 02 Arena in London.

So yes, the 40 year old can still hang in the upper sphere of the heavyweight division.

And the solid win over a good, young stallion like Hughie Fury solidifies Alexander's position as a favorite for a big showdown with Dillian Whyte, Tyson Fury, Joseph Parker or even Deontay Wilder.

In all, it was a workmanlike performance by Povetkin. He never seriously hurt his foe but certainly got Fury's attention on several occasions and provided good bodywork. That stated, many are calling his performance disappointing. And the fight itself wasn't the most aesthetically pleasing. However, it was anything but a disappointing performance.

FightSaga suggested Fury vs Povetkin would be a little boring, In fact, we published a piece entitled 'Hughie Fury v Alexander Povetkin: Risky business, boring fight?' prior to the bout.

Some fighters have a style that can make any opponent look bad and Hughie Fury is one of those fighters.

He's fast and slick but defensive and typically uses a jab and straight right hand with minimal punch variety.

Moreover, he's not knockout artist.

Simply put, he's skilled and athletic enough to not have to absorb a lot of punishment but isn't offensive enough or powerful enough to get an elite-level opponent in trouble.

A boring, "points" points fight definitely favored the taller, faster and rangier Fury so Povetkin's win was impressive. He was able to out-punch and out-land Fury, dictate the tempo and land some thudding shots on his well-defended foe.

So yes, it was a bit boring but Hughie's style, at least on this level, doesn't make for pretty fights. And if Alexander had the height, reach and explosiveness of Deontay Wilder or even Wladimir Klitschko we might have seen more fireworks.

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