Just a week after his cousin Tyson confirmed his position as the best heavyweight in the world, Hughie Fury will look to continue his progress in the division against the experienced Christian Hammer.
Fury has recovered well from his loss to Alexander Povetkin in 2019, with comfortable successes against Pavel Sour and Mariusz Wach. His opponent here is a former European champion who defeated David Price in 2017.
Hammer also ended up on the losing end against Hughie’s cousin Tyson in 2015 but is now firmly in the officer stage of his career.
The Romanian-German has been beaten by Luis Ortiz and Tony Yoka in his last three fights, with a win over Saul Farah sandwiched between those losses.
Fury will be looking to make a statement in front of the Newcastle crowd to show that he is still a promising force in the division. Given that 14 of his 25 victories have been by knockout, that result seems too expensive to happen again here.
Elsewhere on the card, Chris Eubank Jr receives quick compensation for his fight canceled two weeks ago. The middleweight faces Wanik Awdijan, a German who has fought only twice outside his own country. Eubank should be able to get the job done with a minimum of effort.
Geordie faithful were denied a fight containing his hometown hero after Lewis Ritson pulled out of his fight with Hank Lundy on Thursday due to illness. However, Hartlepool-born Savannah Marshall will defend her WBO middleweight title against Lolita Muzeya.
Where to watch
Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Arena, 7.30 Saturday