Fury vs Pulev [Preview & Odds]
The British heavyweight scene is currently at its strongest in years. Not so long ago heavyweights from UK shores were labelled horizontal after a century of failed bids for the world heavyweight title.
But now after the likes of Lennox Lewis, Frank Bruno, David Haye and others have held various versions of the world title, the horizontal tag has long since been removed.
Anthony Joshua can with much justification lay claim to being the best heavyweight on the planet, although until he faces Deontay Wilder there will always be dispute around him being considered the undisputed champion.
The likes of Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora, are all within touching distance of a world title opportunity, and Joe Joyce in the next year or so could very well be in the conversation also.
Frank Warren has two decent prospects in Nathan Gorman and Daniel Dubois. But in December, Tyson Fury gets an earlier than expected chance to reclaim his throne when he challenges Wilder for the WBC piece of the heavyweight pie.
But Fury might now not even be the best heavyweight in his family, Hughie Fury could very well be the sleeper in the domestic scene. This Saturday the younger Fury gets the chance to earn himself another world title chance when he takes on Kubrat Pulev in Bulgaria.
Fury in a previous tilt against Joseph Parker for the WBO title lost by a controversial decision by scores of 118-110, 118-110 114-114. In truth, it came too soon in Fury’s career, while some may well call it controversial, but Fury just didn’t do enough.
The worry for me is, was that the best chance Fury will ever get of winning a version of the world heavyweight title. If Fury had carried a little bit more self-belief into the ring against Parker, he would surely have won, Joshua or Wilder will be far more difficult opponents for Fury.
But now a year later, Fury (21-1) if he gets past the former world title challenger Pulev, (25-1) will be right back in the frame for another opportunity at heavyweight gold.
Fury rebounded in encouraging fashion with a 5th round TKO over Sam Sexton to win the British heavyweight title and now looks to earn a shot against Joshua with a win over Pulev.
Pulev has only lost to Wladimir Klitschko, and despite an 18-month layoff, will be difficult to beat on home soil. Fury will need to learn the lessons from his loss to Parker.
As the away fighter Fury will have to leave no doubt if as seems likely the fight goes the distance. Fury might win the fight, however, getting the decision might be a whole different story.
SkyBet have Pulev as the narrow betting favourite and they suggest a distance fight is likely. If you fancy a stoppage win for either fighter you can get 4/1 on Pulev or 5/1 on Fury winning inside the distance.