Tyson Fury (green shorts) on his way to victory over Christian Hammer. | Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty
It wasn’t pretty, but WBO International heavyweight champion Tyson Fury cleared another roadblock on his path to Wladimir Klitschko.
Utilizing a conservative boxing style, Fury on Saturday scored a lopsided stoppage of Christian Hammer (17-4, 10 KOs) at the O2 in North Greenwich, London. Their fighter outclassed and battered, Hammer’s corner threw in the towel following the eighth round.
“He was very tough; he took a lot of punishment,” said the six-foot-nine British heavyweight. “His corner knew he was in no shape to carry on. It was only a matter of time before he [was stopped].”
It was far from a barn-burner.
Fury, now 24-0 with 18 KOs, was patient throughout the contest. Jabs from a safe distance along with well-timed head and feet movement were the backbone of his eight-round conquest. It was a far cry from the Fury of a few years ago, who has been often criticized for a risky approach that has left his tall frame vulnerable to power shots. In the end, his game plan was more than enough to put the brakes on Hammer’s 10-fight winning streak and likely punch a ticket for a future date with Klitschko.
“I’m a much improved fighter. That’s why I’m No. 1 mandatory,” said Fury. “I’m ready for Klitschko.”
Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) must first get through Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) on April 25. The pair will collide at Madison Square Garden in New York City in a HBO Boxing showdown.