Tuesday 24 February 2015 15:37, UK
Tyson Fury's chances of landing a world title shot have been lifted by the news that HBO Sports president Ken Hershman will attend his clash with Christian Hammer on Saturday night.
The unbeaten Mancunian heavyweight is mandatory challenger to WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko and will move a step closer to facing the Ukrainian this summer if he disposes of Hammer at London's 02 Arena.
Fury, 26, moved into pole position for a tilt at 38-year-old Klitschko by overcoming compatriot Dereck Chisora last November.
Hershman was a leading figure in negotiating the unique pay-per-view collaboration that was agreed in order to allow Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to arrange their long-awaited bout for May 2.
The HBO supremo is expected to follow that up by brokering a deal for Fury to fight Klitschko in the first heavyweight world title fight in nearly five years - the last being David Haye’s defence of his WBA crown against Audley Harrison.
Klitschko, who also holds the WBA and IBF belts, has suffered just three defeats in 66-fight career - his last reverse coming back in 2004 to Lamon Brewster.