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Hunter vs. Povetkin Clash In Works For Ruiz-Joshua II Undercard

NEW YORK—Michael Hunter II didn’t waste any time taking the fight to a bigger foe in his latest win.

Afterward, he didn’t waste any time in attempting to line up his next order of business.

“I want (Alexander) Povetkin,” Hunter (18-1, 12KOs) bluntly stated, calling out the 2008 Olympic Gold medalist and former heavyweight title challenger shortly after Friday’s near-shutout win over previously unbeaten Sergey Kuzmin (15-1, 11KOs) in New York City. “If you see me Povetkin, I’m coming for you.”

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It seemed a bold step even after dominating Povetkin’s Russian countryman in Kuzmin live on DAZN from Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater. Then again, Hunter—whose late father of the same name was a heavyweight contender during the late 1980s and early 1990s—has no intention of wasting his time at this weight. It’s why he moved up from cruiserweight following a brief stint resulting in his lone career defeat, a competitive but clear 12-round loss to unbeaten World cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usky in Apri; 2017.

Six wins have followed, including the landslide victory over Kuzmin. It comes two weeks after the 40-year old Povetkin (35-2, 24KOs) resurrected his career with a clear-cut 12-round win over England’s Hughie Fury.

The timing works out to pair the two together.

“That’s the fight I want to make in Saudi Arabia, Michael Hunter vs. Alexander Povetkin,” promoter Eddie Hearn told and other reporters following Friday’s show in NYC, referring to the Dec. 7 card in Riyadh, S.A. headlined by the heavyweight title fight rematch between California’s Andy Ruiz (33-1, 22KOs) and England’s Anthony Joshua (22-1, 21KOs). “It’s a good next fight for Hunter, who’s kind of like a miracle man. He goes in there sort of like a blown-up cruiserweight, because—let’s be honest—that’s really what he is.

“He’s going in there beating up big guys. He didn’t lose a round tonight against Sergey Kuzmin, who is supposed to be a Top 15 heavyweight. He made him look average. He’s undersized but he’s got big heart and he really knows his way around a ring.” 

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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Comment by PunchyPotorff on 09-18-2019

Quote: Originally Posted by PunchyPotorff View Post I like both fighters, but IMO Hunter won't get past Povetkin. He has too much left in the tank for Hunter to get a W against. And BTW, Hearn needs to stop this…

Comment by Brettcappe on 09-18-2019

[QUOTE=MaksBox;20065563]Outboxed? You are out of your freaking mind. lol. Povetkin is a gold medalist and plenty long champion. He has far more boxing IQ and has fought all the guys. It is Hunter that will be getting outboxed. What Hunter…

Comment by MaksBox on 09-18-2019

[QUOTE=Roberto Vasquez;20064959]Close fight but Povetkin wins by KO. I think the Fury fight will make Hunter underestimate Povetkin too.[/QUOTE] I agree... Give Hughie credit for having a crazy strong chin. Anyone else would already be on the canvas. Povetkin generally…

Comment by MaksBox on 09-18-2019

[QUOTE=Brettcappe;20063501]Povetkin is 40 years old and will be easily outboxed but can he catch Hunter? Good matchup![/QUOTE] Outboxed? You are out of your freaking mind. lol. Povetkin is a gold medalist and plenty long champion. He has far more boxing…

Comment by landotter on 09-17-2019

Just reading through the comments here it is obvious this fight needs to be signed. It is near half and half, just in this thread (slight edge in predictions to Hunter most likely). I am leaning Povetkin, but Hunter can…

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