Tyson Fury “He [Klitschko] will have to step up and face me”


Heavyweight star Tyson Furyhas vowed to make it a short night’s work when he meets dangerous German Christian Hammer next weekend.

The European and WBO International Heavyweight Champion, who is the mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko’s world crown, was speaking during a media workout at his gym in Bolton, ahead of his February 28th showdown at London’s O2 Arena .

Undefeated Fury, who has an impressive 17 knockouts from his 23 wins, is looking to add another victim to his record in the shape of Hammer, though despite gunning for a knockout is refusing to underestimate the 27-year-old, who is unbeaten since 2010.

“I’ve had a great camp, training has gone very well and because of that I don’t see this fight going beyond five rounds. I want the knockout and that’s what I’m out to get on February 28th,” said Fury.

“There’s a reason this bill is being labelled ‘Risky Business’ because of everything that is on the line. I’m mandatory to face Wladimir Klitschko next but if I don’t win this fight I’ll lose that mandatory position and my chance to fight for the world title

“We’ve seen fighters in the past who have been in a similar position and lost but that’s not going to happen with me. The reason is because I’m not overlooking Christian Hammer.

“I’ve seen him in the amateurs and I’ve seen the progress he has made in the paid ranks, he’s a very good fighter and not someone you can overlook.

“But a Tyson Fury fight is never boring and I can guarantee excitement and drama when I step in the ring. Put it this way, someone is getting knocked out and it isn’t going to be me,” Fury said.

Manchester’s Fury ended 2014 on a high with a commanding victory over the much respected Dereck Chisora to muscle himself into pole position to face the world’s number one heavyweight in Klitschko.

Now, 26-year-old Fury is out to first beat Hammer before ushering in a new era in boxing’s glamour division by dethroning the formidable Ukrainian legend and making 2015 a year to remember.

“I want Klitschko but I’m not overlooking Hammer because that would be foolish. When I win this fight that will be the time to talk Klitschko and he will have to step up and face me,” said Fury.

“Last year was a frustrating year, despite it ending well, but it’s all in the past now and I’m just looking forward to the future and becoming a world champion.

“The heavyweight division has to sit up and take notice because there’s going to be a changing of the guard and crowning of a new King in 2015 in Tyson Fury,” he said.

Chris Eubank Jr will also be back in action on the night following his split decision loss to Billy Joe Saunders last November, when he takes on Dmitry Chudinov for the interim WBA world middleweight title.

Rising super-featherweight ace Liam Walsh is also part of the impressive lineup when he faces Joe Murray for the British and Commonwealth titles.

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