Christian Hammer says he will attempt to “break” Hughie Fury when the two heavyweights square off at the top of an exciting card in Newcastle on Saturday (Fury 1/25, Draw 25/1, Hammer 12/1 – Bout Winner).
The Romanian is seeking a return to winning ways when he heads to the North East after losing to Frenchman Tony Yoka in November 2020.
He beat David Price by TKO in his previous bout in England and is 26-7, claiming 16 of his victories by KO/TKO.
Saturday’s meeting with Fury represents a step up in level as the pair both look to put themselves on the path to a shot at the heavyweight titles in the future.
Hammer (16/1 – To win by KO/TKO/DQ/Technical Decision) has fought in England twice, beating Price and suffering an eighth-round defeat to Tyson Fury for the WBO International heavyweight strap.
The 34-year-old is hoping that Hughie is prepared to step forwards and fight in the centre of the ring and has sent a warning to the Brit.
“He’s from the Fury family but he’s not Tyson. He’s a young guy,” Hammer told Sky Sports. “I will try to break him.
“I hope he doesn’t only run. I am here to fight. I want a fight, not a marathon.”
Meanwhile, Chris Eubank Jr also returns to action at the Utilita Arena when he takes on 26-year-old Armenian Wanik Awdijan (Eubank Jr 1/66, Draw 25/1, Awdijan 18/1 – Bout Winner).
The pair were involved in a heated exchange in Thursday’s press conference after Eubank Jr (10/11 – To win rounds 1-3) took exception to Awdijan’s jibes on social media.
Eubank Jr said: “I want to make sure that you understand this – before you said the things that you said, you were just a guy that I needed to beat to get to the next guy. There was no malice.
“After seeing the things you said? I have a reason to terrorise you. I hope you understand the position you have put yourself in.”