PETER Fury is eyeing a rematch against Alexander Povetkin for his son Hughie (23-3, 13 KOs) after the pair fought last month.
Their August 31 encounter in London ended with the 40-year-old Russian going home with his 35th win under his belt after a unanimous decision victory over the 24-year-old Brit.
Fury’s next outing looks likely to be in November while Povetkin has been linked to a clash with American Michael Hunter on the Ruiz-Joshua 2 undercard or even a spot on Eddie Hearn’s Monte Carlo show on November 30.
Hughie’s trainer and father told BoxingScene.com he would like to see a Povetkin-Fury rematch should both men come through their next fights giving Hughie a chance to “pull the trigger” on the world stage.
“We’ll be looking at Hughie fighting again in November and as a result of that fight we’ll then step him right back up and even down the line if we can get a rematch with Povetkin, if there’s enough in it, that would be fantastic,” Peter said.
The father-son combination have some work to do after falling short on the world stage against the likes of Joseph Parker, Kubrat Pulev and Povetkin, which has resulted in three losses over a six-fight period since September 2017. However, all is not lost given the fact that the former British heavyweight champion compared to his peers is still the baby of the group. And with some improvement on his backhand, in particular, his father is full of belief that his son will go on to once again challenge for world honours, as he did against Parker, and showcase what he can do with both hands in attack mode against the best that the heavyweight division has to offer.
“We’ve been working a lot on the backhand but when he stepped up he can’t pull the trigger,” Peter discussed.
“At British and domestic level he can pull the trigger. When he’s up on the world level he can’t. Reassessing it he is an original left handed guy so I think he needs to have a look at it. He needs to work on the other side because he’s always boxed in the amateurs as an orthodox, and really he’s left handed and I think it’s come to the stage in his career where he really needs to look at that because the only time he had success with both hands, with Povetkin, was when he switched up on the inside and that was very few and far between.
“I’m happy with the performance (against Povetkin), he ticked a lot of boxes. Hughie’s had three fights where he’s had three losses but it’s not as if the guys have beat him up. Hughie’s only losing the fights because of what he’s not doing, not what the other guy is doing in front of him. He’s got a terrific future and there’s one thing we do know; he’ll fight anybody and he’s got a terrific chin. He’s probably got one of the best chins in heavyweight boxing.”
But for his next fight in November the trainer sees no sense in Hughie taking on another stiff task.
“He’s got to improve his skill set and get his shots off. So rather than waste time and put him in big fights, in case he does the same thing again, we need to build him as far as he is comfortable with his own body, his own stance and getting his shots off. That’s what we’ve got to look at with Hughie.”
Describing his son as a “Rubik’s Cube” Peter is quietly confident that Hughie will deliver the goods in his next fight and will possess an even greater threat to the leading players at heavyweight. The former world title challenger has already given top tier opponents a problem with his jab alone but, as Peter told ‘Scene, “You can’t keep a world class heavyweight off with one hand and expect to win fights”.
“Let’s look at it in the cold light of day,” Peter said. “Hughie’s fighting at the top level with one hand. He’s keeping them at bay with the jab. He’s so good of a boxer, this kid, that he’s keeping these guys off him with the jab so you can imagine what he’s going to be like when he’s got two hands going! He’s only using one hand! It’s very frustrating. And all the criticism he gets from the public is justified. We know what we’ve got to work on so we’re going to work on it. But I am exceptionally confident we’ll solve the Rubiks Cube with Hughie Fury and away we will go once again.”