Deontay Wilder vs Alexander Povetkin stunning prediction: Tyson Fury chimes inWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Newly-crowned lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury shared his thoughts on the upcoming WBC heavyweight title fight on May 21 between Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) and Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs).
"I think Wilder will chin him because the fact that Povetkin is too small and [is not durable]."
"He’s like a midget compared to us. Look at the size of him. He’s like a midget. Wilder is as big as me. Look at how big I look," Fury told IFL TV (via BoxingScene) while holding a photo of himself and Povetkin when both fighters met in January at the Wilder title defense in NYC.
"Look at how big Hughie is when compared to [Povetkin]. He looks like a lightweight. So if Wilder can’t chin him...I know his chin [has issues] because every time Klitschko touched him he went down. He went down about 19 times."
Is Povetkin too small to hang with Wilder?
Perhaps there is some legitimacy to Tyson's comments. After top heavyweights started getting bigger in the 2000s, late trainer Emanuel Steward often stated there needed to be super heavyweight division in boxing, insisting fellas under 6'3" or 6'4" were at an unfair disadvantage against the division's giants.
However, despite Fury's prediction and the height disparity, Wilder remains just a weak favorite.
An Olympic gold medal winner, Povetkin has a very strong amateur pedigree; one of the strongest in recent memory. As a result, his technical proficiencies may serve him well.
Fighting out of an orthodox stance, the 6'2" Russian-born heavyweight has formidable power in both fists and an excellent understanding of range and timing.