DEMPSEY FURY vs. ERNEST DEPKAS
LEWIS PETTITT 128lbs (9st 2lbs) vs. DAVID KVARATSKHELIA
BOY JONES JNR. 132lbs (9st 6¼lbs) vs. JOE BEEDON
BRADLEY SKEETE (10st 6½lbs) vs. ANZOR GAMGEBELI 141½lbs (10st 1½lbs)
LIAM WALSH 129lbs (9st 3½lbs) vs. JOE MURRAY 129lbs (9st 3¾lbs)
DMITRY CHUDINOV 159lbs (11st 5¾lbs) vs. CHRIS EUBANK JNR. 159lbs (11st 5½lbs)
TYSON FURY 260lbs (18st 8lbs) vs. CHRISTIAN HAMMER 248lbs (17st 10lbs)
FRANK BUGLIONI 167¾lbs (11st 13lbs) vs. IVAN JUKIC 166lbs (11st 12lbs)
Tyson Fury’s chances of facing Wladimir Klitschko in the UK this summer have been handed a major boost with HBO Sports president Ken Hershman set to be in attendance for his fight this Saturday night.
Fury, mandatory challenger for Klitschko’s WBO title, takes on the sturdy Christian Hammer this weekend at the O2 Arena, with news that boxing bigwig Hershman will be ringside to assess the possibility of a UK megafight with the Ukrainian great acting as a huge incentive.
26-year-old Fury has taken the heavyweight division by storm and recently pushed himself into the number one position to face the formidable Klitschko with a commanding 10th round win over brave Londoner Dereck Chisora last November.
Hershman was one of the key figures in getting boxing’s most sought after fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao confirmed, when HBO and Showtime agreed to a unique pay-per-view collaboration for the highly-anticipated May 2nd showdown.
Now, the HBO Sports boss will be looking to pave the way for the first heavyweight world title fight on British soil in nearly 5 years, following David Haye’s defence of his WBA crown against the much maligned Audley Harrison.
Klitschko, however, is regarded as one of the best heavyweights of all time and the chance to see him fight in the flesh against the talented and colourful Fury will have British fight fans licking their lips.
Hershman will hold discussions whilst in London with leading promoter Frank Warren with the hopes of ironing out a summer blockbuster that will certainly give Fury the best possible advantage against WBA, WBO and IBF kingpin Klitschko.
Fury though must come through his fight this Saturday night, live and exclusive on BoxNation, unscathed against Hammer who will have ambitions of his own as he looks to tear up the Manchester heavyweight’s world title script.
The exciting starlet Chris Eubank Jr is also set to feature on the card when he’s back in action against Dmitry Chudinov for the interim WBA world middleweight title.
Fury v Hammer is live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky 437/490HD, Virgin 546 and TalkTalk 525) this Saturday at 7pm. Visit www.boxnation.com to subscribe.
Fury vs Hammer on BoxNation This Saturday
WBO International Heavyweight title challenger Christian Hammer says he’ll smash-up Tyson Fury this Saturday night at The O2 and leave him on the boxing scrapheap.
The hard-hitting German based Romanian, ranked number three in the world by the WBO, believes he will cause a huge upset and be the first man to knockout the Manchester giant.
Fury took the risky defence against Hammer even though he has a guaranteed shot against reigning WBO World Heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko next.
Hammer says that Fury has made a big mistake.
“It’s showtime on Saturday night! I’m here in London nice and early to finish my training and everything has gone perfect in camp,” said Hammer.
“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 and he will not last against me,”
“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 him. Klitschko is talking about fighting Fury, but he will be talking my name once a I knockout Fury.”
Tyson Fury’s WBO International Heavyweight title defence against Christian Hammer, and Chris Eubank Jnr’s. challenge for the Interim WBA World Middleweight Championship against champion Dmitry Chudinov headlines an action packed show featuring the best of British talent, including: Cromer ace Liam Walsh defending his British and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight titles against Joe Murray; Bradley Skeete returning to action and challenging for the Vacant WBO European Welterweight title against Anzor Gamgbeli; big-hitting Enfield star Frank Buglioni making the first defence, in his second reign, of the WBO European Super-Middleweight title against Ivan Jukic; plus exciting welterweight Ahmet Patterson defending his English Welterweight Championship against Sunderland’s undefeated Glenn Foot; Erith talent Lewis Pettitt, undefeated Manchester light-heavyweight talent Dempsey Fury; plus the pro debut of Essex super-featherweight prospect Boy Jones Jnr.
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