On December 1st, former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury travels to Los Angeles where he’ll attempt to dethrone a WBC ruler with 39 knockouts and 40 wins from as many contests. Fury – Deontay Wilder has captured the imagination of the wider sporting public, but there’s one for the boxing enthusiasts less than six weeks earlier.
Hughie Fury – cousin of Tyson – jets to Bulgaria for what promises to be a thrilling match-up with 25-1-0 KO king Kubrat Pulev. Sofia’s Arena Armeec may not be one of the more famous fighting venues but all eyes will be on the outcome as Hughie aims to catapult himself back towards major honours.
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Fury proves he belongs at elite level
Despite being just 24 years old – incredibly young for an elite-level fighter in the top weight category – Manchester native Hughie Fury has already tested himself at the head table, and he certainly didn’t disgrace himself.
Matched with then WBO champ Joseph Parker (since lost his belt to Anthony Joshua) at the Manchester Arena in September 2017, despite competing in only a handful of fights previously, Fury went the distance with the favourite. Undone by a split decision against the hard-hitting New Zealander, the final scorecards told the story of the night, 110-118, 110-118, 114-114. Close, but no cigar.
Since dropping that decision, Fury has boxed only once, an inside-the-distance win over British champion Sam Sexton in Bolton earlier this year, battering his opponent into submission before the end of the fifth round. The gap in quality between Hughie and the best the domestic scene had to offer proved the victor belonged back at the peak.
Beat Pulev and he’ll surely be in line to challenge Joshua for his alphabet of prizes. Punters checking the latest boxing betting oddswill find bet365 have a Fury win as 6/5 second favourite.
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Pulev has lost only once before
Those wondering why such a talented and ambitious prospect isn’t carrying the support of bookmakers need only look at the record of his opponent. Kubrat Pulev has lost only once in a 26-fight career, the spare coming at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko four years ago in Germany.
There’s few holding a grudge. The 6ft 4inch orthodox was cut down in five by Dr Steelhammer that night. Plenty of good fighters didn’t make it that far when standing in front of Wlad.
Since that loss, the Cobra has boxed five times, winning each with plenty to spare. That comeback includes two early stoppage victories, vs Maurice Harris and Samuel Peter, and an impressive points win over Kevin Johnson last time out.
That’s more than enough to win favour with those who hold the purse strings and Pulev to have his hand raised for the 26thtime is 4/6. They’re short odds, of course, but there won’t be many in the know rushing to disagree.