Heavyweight contender Hughie Fury will be hoping to follow in his cousin Tyson’s footsteps this weekend as looks to take himself one step closer to a world title shot against the well-travelled and well-schooled, Christian Hammer. Hughie is not as eccentric or well known as his elder cousin but he is making steady progress in the heavyweight ranks and harbours his own hopes to one day rule the division.
Fighting with the surname Fury is never going to be easy and Hughie has had to deal with living in Tyson’s shadow for his entire career. However, the 27-year-old is a credible fighter in his own right and represented his country multiple times as an amateur before turning professional at 18. After 20 professional fights, he challenged Joseph Parker for the WBO world heavyweight title and came out with a controversial loss. Since then, Hughie has gained invaluable experience against the likes of Alexander Povetkin and Kubrat Pulev and now looks ready to make a mark on the division.
Christian Hammer is a staple of the heavyweight division and has shared the ring with some quality operators including Tyson Fury. Despite being born in Romania, he has fought his entire career out of Germany and the 34-year-old holds a record of 26-7 (16KO) but most of his defeats have come at the highest level and Hughie Fury will need a career best performance to get the victory this weekend.
The one criticism that has been levelled at Hughie Fury is that he doesn’t have the knockout power to compete in the upper echelons of the heavyweight division but that could be slightly unfair. Fury is not a concussive one hit knockout artist but he holds respectable power and a lot of his points victories have been due to his naivety rather than lack of power. He has had plenty of opponents hurt but hasn’t had the instinct to end the bout. At 27, he may now be maturing into a much more dangerous heavyweight.
Fury will enter this one as a big favourite and he is very short at (4/11) to win by decision which is understandable but as mentioned earlier, he does have the ability to end fights inside the distance and against someone like Hammer, he will get opportunities to land clean and often. It is a risky play but it is worth covering Fury by KO/TKO at (9/4) here.
The undercard features some big names who are matched favourably as they work towards bigger fights. The biggest name is Chris Eubank Jr who takes on Wanik Awdijan over ten rounds at middleweight. Eubank unfortunately had his fight scratched at the last minute a couple of weeks ago and will arrive here looking to make a statement.
The British man is in his thirties now and needs to get a move on if he still hopes to rule the middleweight division one day. He has his eyes set on the champions but he must take care of business here to avoid any further delays. Awdijan has the opportunity of his career in this fight but he looks overmatched given the level of opponent he has faced previously. Less than 3 rounds to be completed at (1/1) looks a very solid bet.
Another fight that shouldn’t last long is between Savannah Marshall and Lolita Muzeya at middleweight. Muzeya arrives unbeaten in 16 but she has been competing at a very low level and predominately in a lower weight class than this. Marshall is a genuine world class athlete and arguably the best middleweight on the planet. She carries genuine power at this weight and this fight to last less than 3 rounds at (1/1) is another solid bet.
We also have some action from the USA this weekend as four weight world champion Mikey Garcia returns to the ring against Sandor Martin. Garcia is an elite talent and his record of 40-1 (30KO) speaks for itself. The one criticism levelled at the American is that he has never been active enough and despite his talent this is just his second contest in two years.
Sandor Martin arrives in good form and is unbeaten since 2017. He has been a product of Matchroom Boxing’s expansion into Spain and this is an opportunity to change his career dramatically. At 38-2 (13KO) he is experienced enough to handle this occasion but whether he can compete with Garcia is another question.
Garcia is the big favourite but he needs to make a statement here to remind the world of his talent. Martin is a worthy competitor but the Spaniard doesn’t carry much power and could struggle to deter the American favourite. This could be close early but expect Garcia’s class to eventually prevail and (6/5) for the favourite to win by KO/TKO looks solid.
PROFIT/LOSS (OCTOBER 2021): PROFT 7.16 points
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