Povetkin v Hammer confirmed for Dec 15, winner in line for Joshua or Parker chance

ECB 31/10/2017

Michael Sterling-Eaton / Mark Robinson

It is the biggest fight of his career On December 15, heavyweight Christian Hammer(26 fights, 22 wins, 4 losses) fights the Russian Alexander Povetkin (33 fights, 32 wins, 1 loss).

Two ranked WBO fighters meet with Povetkin and Hammer both high up in the latest ratings. The winner can hope for a title fight early next year against reigning World Champion Joseph Parker or the British superstar Anthony Joshua.

Hammer, who boxes from the EC Boxpromotion stable of promoter Erol Ceylan, recently celebrated victories against Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf, the undefeated Erkan Teper and British David Price.

Not least because of the impressive knockout win against Price in England, Ceylan is optimistic his man can win.

“Christian has performed extremely well since losing to Tyson Fury. Against Price, he has shown that even abroad he is a force to be reckoned with.

“With a win against Povetkin, he has his world title fight in the bag,” he added.

The favorite role seems on paper to lie with Povetkin, though. The 38-year-old was able to prevail via points decision against Andriy Rudenko in his last contest.

Povetkin previously won against Johann Duhaupas and Mariusz Wach. Previously, his record shows victories over boxers like Manuel Charr, Marco Huck, Carlos Takam, Ruslan Chagaev and Mike Perez.

His only defeat was suffered against Wladimir Klitschko.

For Hammer, it’s not a bad starting position for him and he hopes to show his potential.

“I do not mind that Povetkin is the favorite. On the contrary, plus even if he boxes in front of his fans the pressure is on him, as the pressure at that time was with David Price,” said Hammer.

In February this year, Hammer knocked out Price (then 23 fights, 21 wins) in England sensationally in round seven.

“I feel great. I’m in the best shape of my career and want to have the world championship boxing match I deserve, “said Hammer, who is currently in basic training in his native Romania.

The specialty and sparring sessions take place in the EC-Gym in Hamburg. Whether the battle is also seen in Germany is not currently clear yet.