As part of the WBA world title eliminator series that has been taking place for the WBA world heavyweight title, Hughie Fury and Michael Hunter will touch gloves and go up against each other in the ring.
The pair will compete at the AO Arena in Manchester on Saturday, July 2, with the huge carrot dangling on a stick right in front of them as a huge incentive to ensure they are able to get the win on the night.
This article will take a look at everything you need to know about the upcoming boxing bout between these two fighters and look to try and predict what may happen once they are both inside the squared circle.
Hughie Fury vs Michael Hunter
Whilst it is not the only fight on the card scheduled to take place on July 2, there is no doubt that the contest between Fury and Hunter is the biggest of the night and one that many will be watching closely.
Indeed, when you take into account the records that these two fighters have, then it is one contest that many will be expecting to see explode and provide a real show of quality boxing.
Fury is currently ranked at No. 4 by the WBA and is currently holding a record of 26-3-0 as he prepares for his fight, however it is notable that he knows how to get the contest down within the allotted time regulations. Of the 26 wins, he has managed to achieve 15 by stoppage.
Nonetheless, Hunter is a tough proposition for any fighter in the professional sport, with the American currently ranked by the WBA as its No. 2 in the division. He has an impressive fight record, too, with a 20-1-2 record having been compiled. Additionally, like Fury, the boxer also knows how to stop contests early, having achieved 14 of his 20 victories by way of stoppage.
Naturally, this explosive nature that both fighters possess clearly helps to build the excitement and the expectation of this fight. As a result, there will be many that will be left questioning who the favorite to win will be…
Who is the favorite?
With sports betting continuing to be one way in which boxing fans are able to further enhance the experiences that they are able to obtain when watching the sport, it is hardly a surprise that there are some competitive odds available for this upcoming contest.
Ahead of the fight on July 2, those betting online will want to check out the 888Sport markets that have been made available. According to the sportsbook, it appears that it could literally be a flip of a coin in regard to who wins on the night. At the time of writing, both Fury and Hunter have been provided with odds of -110 to be victorious, whilst a draw is deemed unlikely as odds of +2,000 are currently being offered.
Of course, with the bookmaker seemingly unable to split the two fighters, it perhaps goes to show just how exciting and explosive this boxing match could be when it takes place at the AO Arena in Manchester.
What does the winner get?
So, why are Fury and Hunter about to touch gloves and go at it for 12 three-minute rounds? For a shot at the WBA world heavyweight title.
The winner of this bout will go on to face Daniel Dubois for the “regular” championship belt, after the 24-year-old Brit managed to record a knockout victory over Trevor Bryan in Miami on June 11.
In the process of that win, Dubois became the mandatory challenger to the winner of Anthony Joshua‘s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, however he will need to make sure that he takes note of what happens on July 2 between Fury and Hunter.
Moreover, both fighters are in the form of their lives at the moment. The Englishman is unbeaten in his last three bouts, whereas the former 2012 Olympian is undefeated in his last seven contests, which includes a draw against Alexander Povetkin back in 2019; a fight that he could have won. This shows just how serious Dubois will need to be regardless of the opponent he has next.
The Fury vs Hunter fight is a headline bout and one that many will be watching with anticipation, so hopefully, it will be able to live up to the hype that has been generated!