Tyson Fury knows he can’t afford to look past Christian Hammer on Saturday night.
Morecambe’s British, European and WBO International Heavyweight Champion risks a shot at the world title against the German-based Romanian at London’s O2 Arena but is confident of setting up the biggest fight of his life this summer.
Fury is predicting a short night’s work against Hammer, who is unbeaten since 2010, with potential fights against heavyweight champions Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder being lined up for the big-talking traveller.
The 26-year-old, who has 17 knockouts in an unbeaten 23-fight record, said: “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 28.
“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.
“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 is looking to build on a career-best display that saw him dismantle long-time rival Derek Chisora in November.
Boosted by support from his father John, who has been supporting Fury’s uncle and trainer Peter Fury at their Bolton gym since his early release from prison, the resort giant has his eyes firmly set on becoming a world champion in 2015.
He said: “When I win this fight that will be the time to talk to Klitschko and he will have to step up and face me.
“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.”
Risky Business is live on BoxNation on Saturday night and also features Tyson’s cousin, Lancaster super middleweight Dempsey Fury, and Chris Eubank Jnr, who takes on Dmitry Chudinov for the interim WBA World Middleweight title.