Saturday, February 28, 2015

Risky Business at the O2

Tyson Fury  23(17koes)-0 will put his World heavyweight title ambitions on the line tonight, Saturday, February 28th, against the tough Christian Hammer 17(10koes)-3, when they meet at London’s O2 Arena. 

Hammer is a Germany-based Romanian who should come to fight. He comes into this fight with little to lose against Fury, while Fury has it all to lose against Hammer.

Fury is waiting for a shot at World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, and any slip up against Hammer would be disastrous. However, the chances of Fury coming unstuck against Hammer is remote. Fury has taken this fight seriously and looks to be in good condition, and while Hammer is tough and willing, he is a level below Fury.  This could be an interesting fight while it lasts, but it is unlikely that Hammer will last the distance.  Fury should be able to end things between the 5th and 7th rounds.  Indeed, he may well use this fight to send out a message of intent to Wladimir.

On the undercard of the Fury vs. Hammer contest is an interesting clash between Chris Eubank Jr. 18(13koes)-1 and Russian Dmitry Chudinov 14(9koes)-0-2, for the Interim WBA world middleweight championship.  While the title is one of today’s more spurious belts, the fight itself is an important one, offering the winner a possible future shot at WBA world middleweight king Gennady Golovkin. 

This will be Eubank Jr.’s first outing since his bittersweet showdown with Billy Joe Saunders, and he has certainly chosen not to take the soft route back. Against Saunders, the son of former world champion Chris Eubank Sr., showed an almost split boxing personality, fighting the first 5 rounds almost in a daze, and then coming alive in the last half of the fight to almost put the result out of the bag.  The end result is that there are still as many questions regarding Eubank Jr., as there are answers.  On one hand, against Saunders Eubank looked woefully inexperienced, and seemed to have frozen, on the other hand, he showed enough explosive flashes of talent to make many observers believe that Eubank Jr. may still have what it takes to follow in the world championship footsteps of his famous father.

The truth behind this belief will receive a n interesting test on Saturday night when Eubank meets Chudinov.  The Russian is himself something of a mystery man, and the result could well be the fight of the night that will tell us a lot about both men, especially Christ Eubank Jr. 

This looks like a points win for Eubank Jr, and a win which will put him right back into the mix, and a very possible rematch with Billy Joe Saunders in the not too distant future.

Tyson Fury Vs. Christian Hammer Weigh-In

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