Hughie Fury v Kubrat Pulev Betting Tips, Odds & Predictions
Tyson Fury makes way for his cousin with the Hughie Fury v Kubrat Pulev Saturday night fight. English fighter, Hughie Fury, aims to get his bid for a world title back on track when travelling to Sofia on Saturday 27 October. There, he’ll face heavyweight nearly man Kubrat Pulev at the Arena Armeec. Hughie, cousin of Tyson Fury, won’t only be sharing a ring with a top-ranked opponent on a four-year unbeaten run, he’ll also have a hostile crowd against him and the expectations of bookmakers.
Win this bout and the Englishman will propel himself towards the top table, surely putting himself in line for a shot at fellow Brit Anthony Joshua in the not too distant future. However, if he was to lose on foreign canvas it would send the ambitious scrapper tumbling back towards domestic level with his career left in tatters.
At 24 years old, Hughie Fury is young for a heavyweight boxer. However, he hasn’t let that hold him back in the early part of his career. The fighter will board a plane to Sofia with a professional record reading 21 wins, 11 by KO, against just one defeat. The Manchester native opened his account with a second round TKO result over well-travelled Canadian David Whittom at the Bell Centre, Montreal in March 2013. That win came on the undercard of Eleider Alvarez vs Nicholson Poulard and served as a strong introduction to the pro game.
Parker Fight Came Too Early
Since getting off on a winning foot, Fury has carved out a run of form that has saw him capture WBO Inter-Continental and British titles. He also jumped up in class to face then WBO world champion Joe Parker at the Manchester Arena last summer; that’s where he suffered his first defeat. Facing a respected and, at the time, undefeated champion of the world with only 20 fights behind him was always going to be a big ask. Unfortunately, in the end, it proved to be a bridge too far.
In what turned out to be a tense, nervy show with not a lot of quality to speak of, New Zealander Joe Parker returned home with the belt in his possession. This came off the back of a majority decision verdict from the scoring judges. 118-110, 118-110, 114-114 were the tallies. Rocky Young called it a draw but that seemed way off the mark and despite the result suggesting a close contest, we arrived at a deserving winner.
Fury boxed well that night; however, the general opinion amongst fight fans was that he didn’t do enough as a challenger to rip the strap from his opponent’s waist. Returning to domestic level must’ve been hard to take after a taste of the good life. However, if it was a problem for Team Fury they certainly didn’t show it. Refusing to take the easy route, they came back against then British champion Sam Sexton – a man with 24 wins on his record – and dealt out a devastating fifth round TKO, grabbing the Norwich puncher’s Lonsdale belt in the process.
Bookies Go Against the Brit
That result alone proves Hughie is too good for British boxing and belongs at the elite level. Will he fall into the gap between domestic competition and world championship grade? We’ll surely find out on Saturday night. The visitor will have his supporters back home, but bookies are dead against him returning with a win. As such, punters can get their hands on 6/5 at William Hill if they fancy the upset. We certainly wouldn’t talk anyone out of a play on that.
Those after a bit more bang for their buck can follow our lead and back Fury to win on points in the method of victory market. That’s a big ask on the road but it makes more sense than taking him to KO a man of Pulev’s size, strength and experience.
Pulev Deserving Favourite
If you know heavyweight boxing, you’ll know just how good Kubrat Pulev is. He’s not interested in the showbusiness side of the game and you won’t find him on many pound-for-pound greats lists. However, avid followers of the noble art know he’s a useful fighter who belongs in and around the top level. The local lad may be 37 years old, but he seems to have been around forever. He has pieced together a cracking 25-1-0 record with 13 of his wins coming by way of knockout.
That has been achieved despite sharing a ring with some very talented fighters. These include Wladimir Klitschko, who dealt out his only defeat to date at the 02 World Arena in Altona, Germany four years ago. There’s certainly no shame in that result as Dr Steelhammer was dominating the biggest weight category at the time. That result was predicted by most when the bout was announced.
Pulev was brave enough to get in the ring with the Ukrainian wrecking ball. Unfortunately, he managed just five rounds before being stopped by referee Tony Weeks under heavy pressure. It didn’t seem to knock his confidence any and the fighting pride of Sofia returned with a five-fight unbeaten run.
Kubrat Showing Great Form
During that purple patch he got back on the bike. He enjoyed an eight rounds points win over Brazilian also-ran George Arias; KO’d American Maurice Harris in a round; nicked a split decision over Brit Dereck Chisora for the European gong; halted Samuel Peter in three and got the nod in a judges’ decision vs Kevin Johnson last time. That’s a serious run of form, no doubt about it.
That explains why bookmakers are falling over themselves to keep Pulev close in the pre-match betting; he’s odds-on across the board, traders at all major firms picking him to get the job done. If you agree and want to have your stake money on Pulev winning fight number 26 you should back him at Bet365 where you’ll get 4/6. Plenty tight, but it’s actually one of the better prices on the line, most firms happy to go much shorter.
Searching the stats and Pulev carries a 50% knockout average and that shouldn’t be overlooked. He’ll have a job getting Fury out of there, but the backing of a home support and that concussive power is sure to hold weight with casual boxing fans wanting to see an early night.
Plenty of Ways to Bet
There are plenty of ways for you to bet on this fight. You can pick your winner – Pulev, Fury, Draw – or aim higher and call the method of victory. The latter is a bit trickier as, to land a pay-out you must correctly name the champion and how he will win the fight, points or knockout. Of course, the prizes are well worth fighting for. Cocky backers can call the winner and the round he’ll do it in for a wad of cash.
If you’d prefer to sit on the fence – we certainly wouldn’t blame you in what promises to be a competitive contest – you can get your stake money on whether the clash will last the scheduled 12-round distance or not. That way you take the uncertainty of the fight winner out. If you back it to go the distance and it does, you’ll be paid regardless of who has their hand raised at the end. If you back it not to go the distance, you’ll be paid regardless of who is knocked out or disqualified. The prices are shorter, but you’ll have a better chance of bagging a return.
Take the Bigger Price
Fury isn’t going to get things easy on the road. This is a fight we would’ve liked to see in England; however, the crew have shown that they have little trouble performing on the road in the past; so, if Hughie wants to prove himself worthy of another shot at a world title he must come through this. Bookies are against him, but in a sport like boxing, especially heavyweight boxing, that doesn’t count for much.
The underdog is progressive, has bags of ability and we think he’s worth a shot to upset the applecart. Winning away from home is notoriously difficult and you often need a knockout. However, Fury has the boxing skills to keep it long and rack up a points margin against a come-forward, older opponent. If you follow our thinking and back the away win you’ve just got to hope the judges give us a fair shake.
Hughie Fury v Kubrat Pulev Winner Odds:
Kubrat Pulev: 4/6 Bet365
Hughie Fury : 6/5 William Hill
Draw: 20/1 Coral