Martin Bakole is taking over the heavyweight ‘Hulk’ when he fights Ihor Shevadzutskyi on Saturday night time, dwell on Sky Sports activities.
Shevadzutskyi might need a formidable preventing nickname however the Ukrainian insists exterior the ropes he’s fully calm.
“In fights possibly I actually [am the] Hulk however in life I’m the identical, I’m solely peace,” he advised Sky Sports activities.
He felt no compulsion to rage or subject threats earlier than his conflict with Bakole. A ‘Hulk’ by identify, he’s a gentleman by nature, he insists.
“All people can say many phrases, however I do not discuss a lot. I’m going within the ring and present it. I do my speaking within the ring, not out of the ring,” Shevadzutskyi mentioned.
“So we are going to present drama within the ring. It is heavyweights and we’ll present that.”
It was by likelihood, moderately than any volcanic temperament on his half, that led to Shevadzutskyi being referred to as the ‘Hulk’.
“Once I went to the cinema with my spouse, we took footage on entrance of an enormous billboard with a photograph of the Hulk. I despatched it to my supervisor and he mentioned okay, your identify is Hulk. I believed he was joking however then he actually gave me the identify,” Shevadzutskyi mentioned.
He’s unbeaten in 10 fights, with eight of these coming by knockout. He overcame robust journeyman Kamil Sokolowski and heavyweight gatekeeper Kevin Johnson in his final two fights.
However on this subsequent combat he’s stepping up in opposition to a world rated heavyweight opponent.
Shevadzutskyi acknowledges that. “He is an excellent fighter. He bins with good fighters. He has good energy. Good pace. Good bodily [strength] and has good boxing talent,” he mentioned of Bakole.
“So I do know it isn’t a straightforward combat for me. For the primary time it is a huge likelihood and an enormous combat for me. I’m prepared.
“It is an excellent combat for him and for me.”
Shevadzutskyi defined his personal ambition. “You possibly can field straightforward, you may go slowly,” he mentioned, however added: “If you wish to be first in coronary heart and energy, you have to be boxing with the perfect.
“I need to field everyone who’s the perfect.”
That why he refuses to be daunted by the intimidating prospect of preventing Bakole. He additionally believes his opponent has no motive to be afraid of him.
“Why [be scared of me]? It is boxing. It is a sport,” Shevadzutskyi mentioned. “For me it is nothing.
“He has legs, he has fingers, the identical for me. So everyone can discuss extra phrases. However you needn’t discuss, you have to work and present it within the ring. So I feel you have to present it.”
The Ukrainian is on the lookout for a breakout victory on his ledger, whereas Bakole has been challenged to make an explosive assertion on this combat so he can pursue additional alternatives. Just one can emerge victorious however collectively they’ll ship a bout of heavyweight drama.
That is what Shevadzutskyi desires, his last message to Bakole a easy name to motion. “Come on,” he urged, “and do that.”
The combat is about and the 2 huge males will not be on the lookout for anyplace to cover.
Watch Martin Bakole vs Ihor Shevadzutskyi and Lukasz Rozanski vs Alen Babic, dwell on Sky Sports activities Motion from 7pm on Saturday night time.