‘This fight is a massive opportunity’: Hughie Fury relishing Alexander Povetkin test after Eddie Hearn confirms bout for Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Luke Campbell undercard
Hughie Fury will fight Alexander Povetkin on the undercard of next month’s lightweight world title showdown between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Luke Campbell.
Fury, who only inked a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom last week, will return to the world scene when he takes on the former WBA champion on August 31 at London’s 02 Arena.
Povetkin is a familiar name on these shores, having brutally stopped David Price and attempted to dethrone Britain’s Anthony Joshua last year.
Hughie Fury will take on Alexander Povetkin at London’s 02 Arena on August 31
Fury, whose recent ventures to world level have been unsuccessful, understands the scale of the task at hand but said on Wednesday: ‘I’m over the moon with this news.
‘I can’t wait. These are the kind of fights I want to be in. Matchroom can get me these big names and I’m just really looking forward to it.
‘Povetkin is a dangerous man. You can’t take anything away from that. He’s not been where he’s been for nothing. It’s a very serious fight but I’m confident of getting the win on the night.
Fury’s fight against Povetkin will be on the undercard of Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Luke Campbell
Fury said: ‘I’m over the moon with this news… ‘This fight represents a massive opportunity’
‘This fight here represents a massive opportunity. As soon as it was suggested, I said “yes.” Povetkin is a completely different level to my last fight but I believe his style will complement mine.’
Hughie, Tyson’s cousin, went undefeated in his first 20 contests as a professional but suffered a narrow points defeat in 2017 in his maiden world title attempt against the then WBO belt holder Joseph Parker.
He was beaten by Kubrat Pulev in a world title eliminator a year later but has managed to rebuild some momentum by claiming back-to-back stoppage wins this year, most recently defeating Samuel Peter in Jeddah.
Fury suffered the first defeat of his professional career against Joseph Parker in 2017
Povetkin has not fought since being stopped by Anthony Joshua at Wembley last September
Povetkin, meanwhile, has not fought since his seventh-round stoppage loss against former unified king Joshua back in September.
Fury’s new promoter Hearn added: ‘I can’t quite believe this fight has been made. It’s happened very quickly and it has to be said – Hughie Fury has a big set of balls.
‘There’s huge risk in this fight but there is also huge reward. If Hughie can beat Povetkin on August 31, he catapults himself into huge fights and immediate world title contention. It’s going to be a great fight on a great card.’