Hughie Fury derailed by Alexander Povetkin
All three judges scored it 117-111.
Fury started well and FightSaga gave him the first three rounds. However, we awarded Povetkin the rest due to his cleaner and more impactful shots, busy work and harder punching.
So yes, the 40 year old can still hang in the upper sphere of the heavyweight division.
Like some projected, Fury vs Povetkin wasn't the most entertaining affair as Hughie was defensive and did a lot of holding. Povetkin, who turns 40 in two days, pressed the action and impressively slipped most of Fury's big right hands.
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.
Povetkin is BoxRec's No. 5 heavyweight while Hughie dropped to No. 22.
The fight was announced a mere 4 weeks before ago. Perhaps Team Fury thought Alexander was overweight and out of shape, and didn't have the time needed to properly prepare himself?
Fury vs Povetkin odds
Not surprisingly, the 39 year old Russian was a solid favorite. When the fight was announced, Betway, BetVictor and bet365 had Alex at 1/2 while the Brit sits at 6/4.
Credit to Hughie
Young fighters like Fury usually don't face experienced and dangerous opponents like Povetkin so freely and without any titles or big money to be made. Sure, Alex will be 40 in two days and was KO'd in his most previous bout by Anthony Joshua but is one of the most accomplished fighters over the last 10 years.