At the EC Gym In Hamburg, fighters have been putting in the rounds for their upcoming high-profile bouts. On February 28 in just over two weeks time, Christian Hammer fights in London against Tyson Fury.
A week later, EC boss Erol Ceylan will follow his boxer on March 6 as Karo Murat fights Benjamin Simon in Berlin at the Spandau Bruno Gehrke-hall.
“Yes, we have big plans for this year,” said Ceylan, “I think we will manage to get two of our boxers fighting for the world title. And that’s why Christian must win on February 28 in London against Tyson Fury.”
Ceylan is optimistic, though he has had a bitter setback when his protege Nuri Seferi was totally outboxed against local hero Krzysztof Glowacki in Poland. The chance to win a fight against cruiserweight champion Marco Huck was in play and that is now gone.
“I do not understand what was going on with Nuri,” said Ceylan. “He stood during the entire 12 rounds and let it slip. There simply was not enough of him and he showed no bite so you cannot be a world title challenger.”
Ceylan hopes that this does not happen to Hammer who is ready to hit in London on February 22, a week before the fight. “That’s why coach Bulent Baser has worked even harder with Christian as he has already done with Nuri. Christian, Bülent, we all want success and we firmly believe that Christian will make it out of the lion’s den victorious.”
To get a taste of what to expect as Fury is 2.06 meters long, Ceylan undertook Alexander Ustinov (2.02 meters) as a sparring partner. “A class man,” said Ceylan, “who has only lost one of his 31 fights – and against Kubrat Pulev. I firmly believe that he is the right sparring partner for Christian to ge an accurate feeling for Fury.”