Tyson Fury will take on a very powerful Christian Hammer at London’s O2 Arena in a fight taking place in the New Year that is eagerly anticipated by price per head bookmaking companies all over the world.
Fury put his required status to the WBO title held by Wladimir Klitschko in jeopardy on the 28th of February when he goes head-to-head with the Romanian fighter, who is based in Germany.
In April, Klitschko is set to defend his IBF, WBA, and WBO titles when he takes on an opponent who hasn’t been named before he faces whoever wins the Hammer/Fury clash.
Fury, who’s a European and British heavyweight champion, will be back in action after he was able to stop last month Dereck Chisora within 10 rounds, extending the perfect record that he has of 23 wins in a row.
Hammer, who was the WBO champion in Europe and very famous with price per head bookmaking companies, and who was able to win 17 out of the 20 fights that he had – 10 of them by means of a KO – was able to outbox Irineu Beao Costa Jnr the last time that he hit the ring, and was able to win all of the 12 rounds, giving the Brazilian fighter his first loss.
Hammer said: “I’m grateful for this fantastic opportunity to fight Tyson Fury and I’ll be in the best shape of my life.
“This is a golden opportunity for me to get the number one position to fight Klitschko for the world title if I can beat Fury.
“I love to fight bigger, taller, men and Fury is perfect for me. It will be a hard fight, but I’ve got every confidence that I’ll surprise everyone with a win in his backyard.”
Fury said: “I’ve said all along I’m not like these other fighters in the division who pussyfoot around, take soft touches and call themselves fighters.
“I could have taken an easy job at the O2 Arena to keep my position safe for my world title fight against Klitschko, but that’s not what Tyson Fury is about or what the public want to see from someone who has promised from day one to win the world heavyweight title.”
“On paper, it’s a dangerous job against Hammer. He’s highly ranked, he brings a big punch with him, he’ll have ambitions of his own to beat me and grab himself a world title shot against Klitschko, and I’m sure he’ll be full of confidence coming over here.”
Promoter Frank Warren said: “Fury will have his hands full with Hammer, who could create a huge shock if he wins.
“It’s a risky fight for Fury, who’s within touching distance of Klitschko and the world title. But Fury needs to keep active by fighting until Klitschko gets his fight in April out of the way and then comes to the table to negotiate the fight with Fury or the fight goes to purse bids.
“Fury needs to concentrate on Hammer and leave the talk of Klitschko until after he’s dealt with Hammer.”