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Where: O2 Arena, London.
When: Saturday February 28, 20:00
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Tyson Fury will face Christian Hammer at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night looking to protect his position as Wladimir Klitschko’s mandatory challenger.
Fury (23-0, 17 KOs) faces his rival looking to keep active ahead of a possible world title shot later this year, but although he has joked this week that he hasn’t trained hard, he will know the importance of this bout.
Hammer (17-3, 10 KOs) doesn’t have the record to scare his opponent, but as with any heavyweight he certainly carries power and so there will always be a danger of landing one big punch to end the night prematurely.
Nevertheless, Fury will be confident of avoiding any such upset as he looks to build on his impressive win over Dereck Chisora last time out, and the 26-year-old will need to treat this as a serious test as it could well be his last taste of action in the ring before a title fight.
As for Hammer, he insists that he is in the best shape of his life and has come to London to knock Fury out but that is easier said than done against a man who has a significant height and reach advantage.
If their scrap at the weigh-in proved anything, it is that Hammer will not be bullied by Fury in or out of the ring and so a lot depends on whether or not he can get into range and land his shots and avoid being picked off with regularity.
Fury is a huge favourite to prevail in this fight and he has the added bonus of having his father back in his corner after a spell in prison. As a result, back the British star to seal a comprehensive win, stopping his opponent after six or seven rounds.
Fury is scheduled to make his way to the ring around 10 p.m.