Mateusz Masternak (36-3, 26 KOs) aims to prove he is ready to rule the World by beating Tony Bellew (25-2-1, 16 KOs) and reclaiming the European Cruiserweight title on December 12 at The O2 in London, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The Polish puncher is currently enjoying a new lease of life since teaming up with renowned German coach Ulli Wegner, as evident from his WBA Intercontinental title winning performance against Carlos Nascimento in September, and now, the 28 year-old believes the time is right for him to make his mark at elite-level starting with a statement win against Bellew.
‘’Of course this is an important fight for me,’’ said Masternak. ‘’This is a chance for me to test myself against one of the best fighters in the division and prove that I’m ready to fight for the World title!
‘’Bellew is a World-class opponent. He can punch, he can box and he always fights with a lot of heart, but his style suits me well, and my team and I have chosen the perfect game plan to beat him. I will be like his shadow – staying one-step and one-punch ahead of him at all times. If he thinks this will be an easy fight, he is mistaken.
‘’The European title is very important and prestigious belt, and now that I’m older and have more experience, I appreciate its value much more. I know this is a fight I have to win, and I will give it my all and not stop until my hand is raised. I believe this will be the fight of the night, and once it’s over, everyone will know the name Mateusz Masternak!’’
Masternak has warned Bellew not to attempt any intimidation or trash talking ahead of their championship clash, advising the 33 year-old to ‘save his strength’ for the ring.
‘’I’ve seen Bellew try to intimidate his opponents before but I’m sure he’s clever enough not to attempt this with me,’’ says ‘Master’. ‘’This sort of empty aggression and trash talking will have no effect on me. Instead of trying to fight me at the press conference or the weigh-in, Bellew should save his strength, because he will need it in the ring!’’
Masternak vs. Bellew for the vacant European Cruiserweight title is part of a huge night of action at The O2, topped by Anthony Joshua MBE taking on bitter rival Dillian Whyte for the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles.
Joshua v Whyte is live on Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday 12 December. Buy now at skysports.com/JoshuaWhyte