Lisburn boxer Kurt Walker may not be the headline act at Wembley Stadium tonight but it is another huge night in the fledgling professional career of the Olympian.
He takes on Romania’s Stefan Nicolae over four rounds at super-featherweight on the undercard to the WBC heavyweight tussle between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte.
It is just Walker’s second fight as a pro but it is unlikely to be his last time in the limelight with Conlan Boxing and Top Rank having ambitious plans for the man who shone in Tokyo.
“I’m really looking forward to it all and fighting in such a big arena,” he said.
“Obviously, there aren’t going to be 94,000 people in when I’m fighting, but it’s just the experience of the fight week and also fighting outside in a big stadium will be class.”
Fury’s title defence has dominated events this week and while the duo have been critical towards each other on social media for years, fight week has been remarkably cordial and restrained, and the bonhomie continued at yesterday’s weigh-in at BOXPARK Wembley.
The 6ft 9in Fury emphasised his five-inch height advantage by standing on his tip-toes while Whyte, who came in at 18st 1lb and 4oz, played along by crouching down before they shook hands and traded caps.
They briefly danced on stage alongside one another as the music blared, having turned to face the assembled crowd, although a fired-up Fury insisted matters would be more serious when they next meet.
“I’m so happy to be back here (in the UK) fighting at Wembley Stadium,” said Fury, who was afforded a hero’s welcome on his entrance although Londoner Whyte was initially booed on to the stage.
“Respect to Dillian Whyte and his team, proper professional men, and we’re going to give you a real fight. Don’t doubt us, we’re going to put a show on like no other before.
“It’s going to be a war, don’t worry about that.”