- All major sports betting sites are torn on Fury vs Hunter giving 50/50 odds across the board.
- Hughie is expected to close as the betting favorite by the time the pair fight on July 2nd.
- The winner is expected to face Daniel Dubois in his title eliminator.
It’s crunch-time in the heavyweight division as Tyson Fury’s cousin Hughie to step into the limelight at the AO Arena Manchester on Saturday 2nd July. Fury will take on the always game Michael Hunter live and exclusive on Sky Sports. We review the latest Fury vs Hunter odds with an early betting pick.
Hughie Fury vs Michael Hunter Odds
According to the latest Fury vs Hunter odds, the majority of online sports betting sites have this fight as a pick em’. DraftKings Sportsbook -110 and FanDuel Sportsbook -112, it could be worth checking out BetMGM once their lines open up for this fight.
Fury vs Hunter Prediction
First off, the oddsmakers have priced this fight evenly and I couldn’t agree more. It’s a true 50/50 fight and offers betting value from both sides depending on who shows up best on the night.
Fury’s only three losses are from top heavyweights such as Parker, Pulev and Povetkin. It’s Fury’s inability to get past any championship level fighters that makes the future of his journey still up in the air. At 27 years of age, there is still lots of time for Fury to grow at heavyweight and Hunter is a step in the right direction to test where he is at right now.
Michael Hunter has only one loss on his record, that’s to the current WBO, IBF, WBA, IBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk back in 2017 for the Cruiserweight title. Given that the majority of Hunter’s career has been spent at Cruiserweight, he will be at a massive size disadvantage to Fury who stands 6′ 6″ compared to Hunter at 6′ 2″.
For what Hunter lacks in size at heavyweight, he makes up for in boxing ability and has the edge over Fury with being the more technical boxer. Hunter is also the more decorated boxer with achievements as golden gloves winner in 2011. He has held WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight and WBA International heavyweight title, with a win over Jerry Forrest back in 2014 and a draw against him in the rematch on December 2021.
Similar to his decorated cousin, Fury moves around well for a fighter his size. For what he lacks in fire-power, if he uses his size to his advance he could wear down on Hunter and drain some power out of his punches.
Where Hunter can make up for this is his speed. He showed this against Alexander Potevkin and while it went to a draw, which many had Hunter winning by outlanding Potevkin in multiple rounds. It won’t be easy though and I do see a situation where this fight is close on the judges scorecards, with ultimarlty Hunter getting his hand raised by UD.
Betting Pick: Michael Hunter by Decision
Hunter Claims Fury Can’t Punch
In a recent interview with SkySports, Hunter claimed Fury simply can’t punch. “He just can’t punch,” said Hunter “He’s good, I think he’s a decent boxer, he’s got some decent skills, he’s tall, he’s long, he comes from the Fury family.
“The best thing we can say is he comes from a Fury family, a fighting family. That’s the best thing I can see.
“I don’t think he’s a great puncher, when you say technical boxer that’s what I see, it means he’s just not a puncher.
The winner here is expected to face Daniel Dubois. There are many big fights waiting in the win for Dubois, who KO’d Trevor Bryan in the 4th round in his last fight in Miami.
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