Martin Bakole is taking over the heavyweight ‘Hulk’ when he fights Ihor Shevadzutskyi on Saturday night time, reside on Sky Sports activities.
Shevadzutskyi might need a formidable combating nickname however the Ukrainian insists outdoors the ropes he’s totally calm.
“In fights perhaps I actually [am the] Hulk however in life I’m the identical, I’m solely peace,” he informed Sky Sports activities.
He felt no compulsion to rage or difficulty threats earlier than his conflict with Bakole. A ‘Hulk’ by identify, he’s a gentleman by nature, he insists.
“Everyone can say many phrases, however I do not speak a lot. I am 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 probability, fairly than any volcanic temperament on his half, that led to Shevadzutskyi being known as the ‘Hulk’.
“After I went to the cinema with my spouse, we took photos on entrance of a giant 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 towards a world rated heavyweight opponent.
Shevadzutskyi acknowledges that. “He is an excellent fighter. He packing containers with good fighters. He has good energy. Good velocity. Good bodily [strength] and has good boxing ability,” he mentioned of Bakole.
“So I do know it is not a straightforward combat for me. For the primary time it is a large probability and a giant 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 possibly can 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 wish to field everyone who’s the perfect.”
That why he refuses to be daunted by the intimidating prospect of combating 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 arms, the identical for me. So everyone can speak extra phrases. However you need not speak, you have to work and present it within the ring. So I feel you have to present it.”
The Ukrainian is in search of 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 will ship a bout of heavyweight drama.
That is what Shevadzutskyi needs, his remaining message to Bakole a easy name to motion. “Come on,” he urged, “and do that.”
The combat is about and the 2 large males will not be in search of anyplace to cover.
Watch Martin Bakole vs Ihor Shevadzutskyi and Lukasz Rozanski vs Alen Babic, reside on Sky Sports activities Motion from 7pm on Saturday night time.