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Lomachenko vs Campbell: Hughie Fury vs Alexander Povetkin official for undercard

The heavyweights clash in a must-win (!) fight on Aug. 31.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Hughie Fury, newly signed to Matchroom Boxing, has his first fight under the company’s banner, and it’s not going to be an easy one.

As was previously rumored, Fury will be facing Russian veteran contender Alexander Povetkin on Aug. 31 in London, part of the Lomachenko-Campbell undercard at O2 Arena. The card is set to air on Sky Box Office in the UK and ESPN+ in the US.

“I’m over the moon with this news,” said Fury. “I can’t wait. These are the kind of fights I want to be in. Matchroom can get me these big names and I’m just really looking forward to it. Povetkin is a dangerous man. You can’t take anything away from that. He’s not been where he’s been for nothing. It’s a very serious fight but I’m confident of getting the win on the night.”

Fury (23-2, 13 KO) has lost his two previous step-up fights to Joseph Parker and Kubrat Pulev, and has won two straight this year, beating club fighter Chris Norrad and a very washed-up Samuel Peter. But as he did against Parker and Pulev, he’s showing no fear of actually taking on a serious opponent.

“This fight here represents a massive opportunity,” he said. “As soon as it was suggested, I said ‘yes.’ Povetkin is a completely different level to my last fight and I believe his style will complement mine.”

“I can’t quite believe this fight has been made,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “It’s happened very quickly and it has to be said Hughie Fury has a big set of balls. There’s huge risk in the fight but there is also huge reward, and if Hughie can beat Povetkin on Aug. 31 he catapults himself into huge fights and immediate world title contention. It’s going to be a great fight on a great card — a huge night for British boxing.”

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