Tyson Fury stayed unbeaten today with an as-expected victory over Christian Hammer, pretty handily dominating an outclassed opponent in what amounted to a stay-busy fight for the big British star. Fury stopped Hammer after eight rounds when Hammer's corner stopped the fight.
Fury (24-0, 18 KO) was able to work confidently behind his jab, mixing in power shots from both hands out of a southpaw stance, which he used for the vast majority of the fight after starting orthodox. It was a one-sided affair, more a glorified sparring exhibition than any serious challenge, and the crowd in London were not exactly happy with the results.
Fury led 80-71 on our card, having scored a fifth round knockdown of Hammer (17-4, 10 KO) on a nice right hand Hammer just didn't see coming. It was a solid performance by Fury, as he pretty much cruised to the victory, and led to Fury singing in the ring after the fight on the house microphone, and calling out Wladimir Klitschko.
"I want Klitschko next!" were the exact words. Klitschko, the division's true champion and holder of three of the four major sanctioning body belts, has an April 25 date in New York against unbeaten American Bryant Jennings. If he wins as expected, a fight with Fury would certainly be big for the summer or fall, but it's certainly no guarantee that it would happen. Klitschko's team are known to be somewhat difficult to negotiate with on big fights, and whether or not Fury is truly targeting the bout is unknown other than his public proclamations that he does, indeed, want to face Wladimir.