Fury vs Hammer – Sky Sports – October 16 – 2 pm ET
Heavyweight contender Hughie Fury returns to the world title trail, Savannah Marshall lays her WBO middleweight championship on the line, and hometown hero Lewis Ritson looks to put on a show for his city when BOXXER visits the Utilita Arena Newcastle on Saturday, October 16.
Fury (25-3, 14 KO’s) faces the heavy-handed Christian Hammer (26-7, 16 KO’s) and will be keenly aware that Hammer’s last visit to the UK saw him maul former British and Commonwealth champion David Price before stopping him in the seventh round.
Coming off a dominant but blood-soaked unanimous decision win over Mariusz Wach in December, former British Heavyweight Champion Fury is looking for another comprehensive victory to cement his position as a global top-ten heavyweight and return his name to the world title conversation.
Having won the WBO Middleweight Championship by way of a seventh-round stoppage of Hannah Rankin, then retained it with a third-round stoppage of Maria Lindberg earlier this year, Fury’s stablemate Marshall (10-0, 8 KO’s) will be looking for another highlight-reel win when she faces unbeaten Zambian contender Lolita ‘The Black Diamond’ Muzeya (16-0, 8 KO’s).
A successful defense in Newcastle could also open the door to a long-awaited rematch with Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields (11-0, 2 KO’s).
The two have a long-standing rivalry which stems from Marshall being the only fighter in the world to have beaten Shields in the ring. Shields suffered the defeat in 2012 – the same year she won her Olympic gold medal – and left the amateur ranks with a 77-1 record.
A rematch between the two – now world champions and undefeated as professionals – would be a global event and one of the biggest fights in the history of women’s boxing. Words have flown back and forth between them for several years. If Marshall makes a successful defense on October 16, that rematch takes a step closer to fruition.
The energy Newcastle’s favorite fighting son Lewis Ritson (21-2, 12 KO’s) will be bringing to the ring on fight night is less intense.
Having narrowly missed out on becoming mandatory challenger to undisputed world lightweight Josh Taylor in his last outing, the former British Lightweight Champion begins his road back to world title contention in his home city, where his thousands of fans in attendance will send up the famous ‘Ritson Roar’ as their man makes his way to the ring.
The North East region is a hotbed of British boxing talent, and a quartet of the region’s top prospects will be making their presence felt on October 16th.
Former England boxer Steve ‘USSR’ Robinson (3-0, 2 KOs) has carried his excellent amateur pedigree into a successful start as a professional. A regular sparring partner of Hughie Fury, he was also a sparring partner for Anthony Joshua earlier this year as the London man began preparing for the since-canceled fight with Tyson Fury.
Middlesbrough cruiserweight Michael Webster (4-0, 2 KO’s) was unbeaten as an amateur and represented Team GB before moving into the professional ranks, where he has continued to impress. With back-to-back first-round finishes in his last two fights, he’s looking for another destructive win in Newcastle to move him further up the British heavyweight ranks.
April Hunter (4-0) once played professional football for Newcastle United but found the lure of the boxing ring stronger. The 26-year old is a regular sparring partner of middleweight champion Savannah Marshall and takes another step in her own quest for gold on October 16.
Marshall also knows Durham super-welterweight Georgia O’Connor well. An outstanding amateur who narrowly missed out on a Team GB place for the recent Olympics, O’Connor was national amateur champion every year from 2015 through 2019 and had been sparring with Marshall in preparation for her professional debut on this card.
“Newcastle is without doubt one of the UK’s great sporting cities, and we’re delighted to be bringing a monster card like this to ‘The Toon’ on October 16. We’ve secured the region’s best talent for this card, and every fight is important,” said Ben Shalom, CEO, BOXXER.
EUBANK JR FACES AWDIJAN ON OCTOBER 16 IN NEWCASTLE
Chris Eubank Jr (30-2, 22 KOs) joins a stellar line up at Newcastle’s Utilita Arena on Saturday October 16 as he takes on Wanik Awdijan (28-1, 11 KOs).
Eubank Jr had been due to fight this past weekend but was left without an opponent when Anatoli Muratov was forced to withdraw on the day of the fight. Having remained in training, he and his coach Roy Jones Jr will now head north to face the German Middleweight contender Awdijan, live on Sky Sports.
“It was always the plan to get straight back out,” said Chris Eubank Jr. “The cancellation was completely unexpected, it’s a rare situation, it was frustrating, but I get it – some things are out of everybody’s control. Now, I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring and fighting in Newcastle.
“My opponent Wanik Awdijan is a serious guy. I’ve watched a couple of his fights now. He’s got a good record, he’s 6’2”, he knows what he’s doing and will bring a different challenge, but it’s nothing we can’t take care of. At this stage, I’ve not had a full camp to work on things for this fight, but I’ve been working hard with Roy and I will have more than enough to get the win over the line.”
“He tried to duck me before because he was too afraid but now there’s nowhere for him to hide from me anymore,” said Wanik Awdijan. “I’ll make him remember me as his worst nightmare. I’m counting down the days. He better be prepared!”
“After the disappointment of last weekend, we’re delighted to have secured Chris another fight so soon,” said Kalle Sauerland, Head of Global Boxing at Wasserman. “Newcastle is going to be rocking next Saturday as he joins a bumper bill of boxing at the Utilita Arena. They’ve had the Saudi takeover and now it’s time for the Eubank takeover. Chris faces a tough test against Wanik Awdijan, a former IBF Youth Champion who is unbeaten in his last 21 fights, but this is his time to shine. We expect Chris to be at his destructive best as he continues his quest for Middleweight supremacy.”
“We’re delighted to add Chris Eubank Jr to an action-packed Newcastle bill, topped by Savannah Marshall’s world title fight next Saturday, live on Sky Sports,” said Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development for Sky Sports.
“It was incredibly unfortunate that Chris couldn’t fight last weekend but fighter safety comes first. Now we welcome him back in an intriguing clash with Wanik Awdijan. Chris has big aspirations of fighting the world’s top middleweights – and he’ll be eager to deliver an explosive display on a red-hot night in the north east.
“Hughie Fury faces Christian Hammer in a crucial heavyweight clash, while Lewis Ritson returns in a must-win fight with Hank Lundy, and Savannah takes centre stage as she defends her WBO middleweight belt against Lolita Muzeya.”
“This was already a fantastic fight card stacked from top to bottom with world champions, top contenders and rising stars. The addition of Chris Eubank Jr confirms this as a can’t-miss event and probably the UK fight card of the year,” said BOXXER founder Ben Shalom.
Eubank Jr joins a stacked card on October 16 in Newcastle which features WBO Middleweight Champion Savannah Marshall (10-0, 8 KOs) defending against the undefeated Lolita Muzeya (16-0, 8 KOs), heavyweight contender Hughie Fury (25-3, 14 KOs) against German power-puncher Christian Hammer (26-7, 16 KOs), and local hero Lewis Ritson (21-2-0, 12 KOs) against gritty Philadelphia veteran ‘Hammerin’ Hank Lundy (31-9-1, 14 KOs).
FINAL RUNNING ORDER AND WEIGHTS
UTILITA ARENA NEWCASTLE Saturday 16 October 2021
17:00 SKY SPORTS FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM
6 x 3 mins Cruiserweight Contest
MICHAEL WEBSTER 14st 3lbs vs. GENNADI STSERBIN 13st 10lbs
6 x 2 mins Super-Welterweight Contest
GEORGIA O’CONNOR vs. ESTER KONECNA
8 x 3 mins Middleweight Contest
BRAD REA 11st 6lbs vs. JEZ SMITH 11st 9lbs
6 x 2 mins Welterweight Contest
APRIL HUNTER 10st 7lbs vs. KIRSTIE BAVINGTON 10st 5lbs
19:30 LIVE ON SKY SPORTS
12 x 3 mins Interna^onal Heavyweight Contest
HUGHIE FURY 17st 7lbs vs. CHRISTIAN HAMMER 18st 6lbs
10 x 3 mins International Middleweight Contest
CHRIS EUBANK JR 11st 10lbs vs. WANIK AWDIJAN 11st 8lbs
10 x 2 mins WBO Middleweight Championship of the World
SAVANNAH MARSHALL 11st 5lbs vs. LOLITA MUZEYA 11st 4lbs
6 x 3 mins Heavyweight Contest
STEVE ROBINSON 17st 7lbs vs. REECE BARLOW 16st 12lbs
6 x 3 mins Middleweight Contest @ 11st 10lbs
MARK DICKINSON 11st 11lbs vs. IVICA GOGOSEVIC 11st 5lbsf