Tyson Fury will be looking to send a message to Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder when he takes on Christian Hammer at the O2 in London this weekend.
Fury has been entitled to a shot at the WBO title holder Klitschoko or WBC champ Wilder since he defeated Derech Chisora last year.
6ft 9 inch Fury, unbeaten in 23 fights, believes he has a psychological edge over Klitschko due to his youth and inside knowledge he has from training with Klitschko when he was younger.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Fury said: “They’re calling the show next weekend Risky Business because I’m risking my WBO mandatory spot to fight this guy Hammer. It’s a fight I need to win and a fight I need to look good in to send a message to Klitschko to make that fight happen.
“I can beat Klitschko before he enters the ring. It’s like how Mike Tyson used to beat people. Klitschko’s mind will be boggled before he fights me. My main concern right now, though, is Christian Hammer and how I deliver on the 28th. I want a spectacular performance. I won’t be happy with anything less.
“Don’t forget I spent time with Klitschko in training camp when I was a youngster. Klitschko’s old trainer Emanuel Steward used to tell him that I would take his crown when I was old enough and ready. That time is now.
“When Klitschko went to Emanuel Steward after the losses, he got taught how to be the champion he is today. He’s seen me fight, he’s seen me make easy work of people who his brother has struggled with. He knows I’m coming, he knows it’s my time.
“At the end of the day, he’s nearly 40 years old. He’s getting on for a boxer. I’m 26 years old and I’m improving all the time.”
Tyson Fury’s father John has only recently been released from prison and is helping his son prepare for this next fight.
John Fury served four years of an 11-year sentence for gouging a man’s eye out in a brawl.
Tyson Fury takes on Christian Hammer on February 28. Also taking place that night is Carl Frampton’s first defence of his IBF world super-bantamweight title. Frampton fights Chris Avalos in Belfast. If triumphant in this bout, Frampton will look to take on WBA holder Scott Quigg.