Hughie Fury v Alexander Povetkin: Risky business, boring fight?Hot
Heavyweight fights like this don't happen often.
Two guys in the top 12 facing each other in a bout that isn't for a title nor in demand by casual fans.
Hence, the risk vs reward element plays against both fighters, especially Povetkin. But if Hughie wins, at least he'll be deemed a solid Top 8 heavyweight and will be mentioned alongside fighters in the bottom half of the elite tier occupied by fighters such as Dillian Whyte, Joseph Parker, Adam Kownacki, Luis Ortiz, Jarrell Miller and Oscar Rivas.
... Elite, on-the-cusp heavyweights, but not yet part of the creme de la creme.
Povetkin, unlike Fury, has been considered an elite, Top 5 heavyweight since 2011. Although not a mainstream star outside of Russia, he's a proven talent worthy of another title shot or title elimination bout.
If the 24 year old Fury loses but doesn't embarrass himself, it'll be considered a setback but a nice learning experience nonetheless; But if the 39 year old Povetkin gets his second "L" in as many fights, it could be back-breaker. Povetkin, of course, was stopped by Anthony Joshua in the 7th Round in September 2018 but showed well in defeat.
Conversely, a win over a good, young stallion like Hughie Fury would solidify his position as the favorite for a big showdown with Dillian Whyte, Tyson Fury, Joseph Parker or even Deontay Wilder.
While there's still something to gain for both fighters, Fury vs Povetkin is case a where the risks for and setbacks of a loss exceed the accolades of winning and subsequent purse amounts dispensed.
Although Alexander is a modest but solid favorite, those who favor Hughie believe his youth and movement will be enough to stave off the Russian.
"Hughie is hard to hit, so it could be a boring fight," rising British heavyweight Joe Joyce told SecondsOut,com.
"Povetkin is strong but much smaller. He will have to try to get to Hughie who’ll be very slippery."
Fury vs Povetkin
Date: August 31, 2019
Main Event: Lomachenko vs Campbell
Venue: O2 Arena, Greenwich, London, UK
TV: ESPN Plus (US)
"I’ve sparred Hughie and he is good, slick, he has good boxing ability. In his fights he can seem pretty negative, as he sticks mainly to jabs and straight right hands. If Povetkin could still bang a bit he could get Hughie in trouble, but Hughie may be young enough and fresh enough to win on points, although it may not be the best fight to watch."
Also, Kieran Gething, the Welsh Area super-lightweight champion, made a similar prediction.
"I’m not at all excited by this fight," he told British Boxing News.
"I feel Fury with the home advantage is going to get the win. It’ll be a long boring evening for those watching and Povetkin may catch him and shake him, but ultimately I feel Fury will jab and move and win the fight."
A boring, "points" points definitely favors the taller, faster and rangier Fury. And yes, he would benefit from good ol' fashioned home cooking in a close affair.
Don't be surprised if Team Fury is content with (as they say in boxing), 'winning ugly and and looking good next time.' But if you're a hardcore fan, you still have to be salivating over Fury vs Povetkin.