The 26-year-old Manchester banger knows that everything is on the line when he faces the German based Romanian, with a shot at Wladimir Klitschko’s WBO belt next up if he comes through the fight unscathed, live and exclusive on BoxNation.
However, in the big-hitting Hammer, who has a record of 17 wins from his 20 fights, he faces a man who has vowed to tear up the script and steal the show at the O2 Arena on Saturday night.
“Tyson Fury will not go the distance against me, he will be getting knocked out clean and left to pick up the pieces after the fight. He cannot hurt me with his punches because I’m in the best shape of my career for this fight. He will not last against me,” said Hammer.
“He has been put down before, he can be hit and hurt. He has plenty of heart, but once I put him down he will stay down.
“I’ve taken this fight because I know I can get the Klitschko world title fight when I beat Fury. Klitschko is talking about fighting Fury, but he will be talking about my name once I knock out Fury,” Hammer said.
Yet, the British, European and WBO International champion Fury is spurred on by the fear of losing.
Fury, who has won all 23 professional fights, said, “once you get done over there is no point in carrying on, is there?
“Boxers bounce back after a defeat, but are they the same? Are they really that good?
“When you think you’re unbeatable like I do now and get splattered all over the ring, you are not the man you were. You’re a beaten shell of yourself.
“If you get flattened you’re not as good as you thought you were, but if you lose a disputed decision or something goes wrong and you get disqualified, there isn’t much you can do about that.
“I am not in that position to know whether I would walk away if I got knocked out, but I would think about it.
“It isn’t just me I have to think about. I have got a wife and kids. Do I really need to be taking punishment where I could end up in a wheelchair?
“All the money and titles wouldn’t mean anything because I am sat there drooling from the mouth.”
Chris Eubank Jr will also feature on this Saturday night’s card when he challenges interim WBA middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov.
The Brighton boxer is looking to bounce back in style following his split decision loss to rival Billy Joe Saunders last November, and is well aware that he splits opinion amongst fight fans.
“In this game you want to be loved, hated or both. You don’t want to be in the middle. Everything I have done, the way I fight, puts me at either end of the spectrum. I am a Marmite type fighter, you either love me or hate me,” said Eubank Jr.
“Even people who don’t like me are still going to come and pay to watch me fight and see me lose. Either way, they are still there watching, but I want to have a worldwide fan base and I believe I can do it,” he said.
BoxNation’s bumper weekend of action gets off to a cracking start tonight with the thrilling Golden Boy Promotions show set to feature 7ft heavyweight Taishan Dong.
The imposing 26-year-old hails from China and will be looking to continue his winning ways, in a fledgling career which has seen him win his first two contests by knockout, when he takes on American Roy McCrary.
The top of the bill at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, will see the ever-exciting Pablo Cesar Cano taking on the hard-hitting Dominican Juan Carlos Abreu, who has scored 17 knockouts from 18 wins, in a ten-round welterweight contest.
Fury v Hammer is live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky 437/490HD, Virgin 546 and TalkTalk 525) this Saturday at 7pm. Visit boxnation.com to subscribe.
Putin sends Russian bomber to London
Vladmir Putin sends his number one boxer WBA Interim World Middleweight Champion Dmitry Chudinov to London this weekend to finalise preparations for his title defence against British star Chris Eubank Jnr. at The O2 on Saturday 28th February.
The Russian president threatened Chudinov’s arrival last month by sending two Cold War Tupolev Tu-95 ‘Bear Bombers’ to ‘buzz’ the English south coast on a reconnaissance mission in a bid to locate the Brighton ace, but the planes were intercepted and sent packing by RAF Top Guns in Typhoon fighter jets.
But that hasn’t deterred Putin, Russian military chiefs, Kremlin top brass, or renown Russian fight promoter and manager Vlad Hrunov in a final bid to break English defences by sending over big-hitting Chudinov to bomb the English ace who himself has 12 big knockouts in 18 wins.
Russia senses weakness in Eubank Jnr., who’s sole career loss was on split decision to rival Billy Joe Saunders last November, and Chudinov, a national hero to the Russian people, is ready to flatten him once and for all.
In an aggressive attack on Eubank Jnr, Chudinov said, “I am coming to London for one thing and one thing only, destroy Chris Eubank Jnr. He mistakes my last visit to London for the press conference as a visit of peace, when I was kind and respectful towards him, but now he will pay the price for his mistake. He believes he has absolute security fighting in his own country, but now he will feel that his existence and safety is threatened when I land my bombs on his chin a week on Saturday. He will be overwhelmed when my punches outland his puny one big shot, his defences will struggle and collapse, he will not cope.”
“Big Bear” Hrunov added, “Mr. Eubank Jnr. has awoken the sleeping beast in Chudinov, we are now at war with team Eubank.”
After the invasion of airspace by the Russian bombers, Prime Minister David Cameron dismissed the act of provocation by saying the Russians, “are trying to make some sort of point, and I don’t think we should dignify it with too much of a response. I think what this episode demonstrates is that we do have fast jets, the pilots, the systems in place to protect the UK.”
However, in a bold statement, Eubank Jnr’s legendary trainer Ronnie Davies, former Southern Area Welterweight Champion, trainer of Chris Eubank Snr. and member of Brighton’s Dad’s Army, who has whipped his young star into sensational shape for the Cold War showdown, has told Mr. Cameron ‘Don’t Panic’ and assured him that Eubank Jnr. will see off the Red Threat Chudinov.
He said, “I defiantly stood on the Brighton coast when I was told these Russian bombers were fast approaching, but I’m proud that our RAF boys’ saw them off. I can guarantee Mr. Cameron that Chris Eubank Jnr. is back and in unbelievable shape, hitting harder that ever, and will see off the invading Russian forces of Team Chudinov and send them back home licking their wounds with the world title staying behind in England.”
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