Florian Marku has only won four professional boxing fights but has thousands of fansCredit: Jamie McPhilimey - The Sun

Florian Marku has only won four professional boxing fights but has thousands of fansCredit: Jamie McPhilimey – The Sun

In just three UK fights, the 26-year-old Albania-born welterweight has sold out London’s iconic 1200-seater York Hall single-handed and lured 800 fans to the O2 for a late-afternoon four-rounder, including two diehard foreign followers.

Through shared Balkan heritage, the decorated former MMA fighter had Liverpool ace Xherdan Shaqiri ringside that July night in Greenwich and is close pals with Arsenal stars Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka, the 4-0 ace even keeps fit alongside the Gunners midfielder.

All three Prem heroes could be at the O2 Indigo on Friday for Marku’s fight on the Ultimate Boxxer 5 show, along with a small section of his 326,000 Instagram followers, as both sides play in London on the following Sunday.

So the heavy-handed slugger let SunSport into his Bushey gym to explain his crazy online popularity and fanbase.

Marku said: “For UK fans I am new and unknown but in Albania, Greece, Austria and all across Europe, I have a lot of fans because I have had over 100 kickboxing and MMA fights, won three world titles and went 10 years without losing.

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