Tyson Fury Eyes Big Fight With Alexander Povetkin at Madison Square Garden on Saint Patrick's Day

Tyson Fury eyes a potential fight with Alexander Povetkin, a nice step up for both fighters. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

After beating a surprisingly powerful Neven Pajkic in three rounds in one of the forgotten performances on Saturday, Tyson Fury eyes a big fight in Madison Square Garden. According to Kevin Francis of the Daily Star, Fury's promoter Mick Hennessey has already booked the iconic venue for March 17th, Saint Patrick's Day. With his Irish background, Fury is very excited about the potential fight.

Hennessey is looking to match Tyson Fury with WBA heavyweight titlist Alexander Povetkin provided Povetkin can get past Cedric Boswell on December 3rd. Hennessey had nothing but praise for his fighter even though he hit the canvas against Pajkic.

"I have no doubts at all about Tyson’s ability to get right to the top. He is a tremendous fighter and can be world champion within 18 months. He is a phenomenon. He is a full pack- age but he has got to stop getting drawn into a gun fight. He has a lot of work to do, but in 16 months’ time he’ll be more mature and better conditioned and right on the button for the world title."

I would absolutely love to see Fury take a step up against Povetkin and to see Povetkin in a fight against some top-level competition. I see this fight as a Klitschko-eliminator, where the winner would get either Vitali or Wladimir. I'm not sure if Fury is going to be ready for one of the K-Bros just yet, but a fight with Povetkin followed by a fight with Chris Arreola or David Haye, would make him the best heavyweight not from the Ukraine.  Also, I would be curious to see how far Povetkin has advanced under Atlas, and the only measure of that would be decent competition. All in all, I really like this potential fight, and it would be one of the few heavyweight fights I can get excited about.   

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