Hammer and Tongs

By Robert Ecksel on December 24, 2014
Hammer and Tongs
"I’m grateful for this opportunity to fight Tyson Fury. I love to fight bigger, taller men."

On February 28 at the 02 Arena in London, England, undefeated Tyson Fury will face unheralded Christian Hammer…

Instead of resting on his laurels after his recent destruction of Dereck Chisora, unbeaten Tyson Fury (23-0, 17 KOs), hailing from Manchester, Lancashire, UK, will face Christian Hammer (17-3, 10 KOs), from Hamburg, Germany, by way of Galati, Romania, in a stay-busy fight on February 28 at London’s 02 Arena.

Fury has been penciled in for a fight with Wladimir Klitschko next summer. If Klitschko has slipped enough for Fury to be considered a favorite, neither I nor anyone else has noticed. But the big man with big mouth continues to fight and fight often, which cannot be said for most of his peers.

“I’ve said all along I’m not like these other fighters in the division,” says Fury, “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.”

Fury hasn’t made believers of everyone, but his lack of restraint makes him the anti-Klitschko, whose thoughtful, gracious, studious manner has alienated fight fans who want blood.

“On paper it’s a dangerous job against Hammer,” Fury continues. “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.”

Hammer hasn’t lost a fight in four years, when he dropped back-back-fights against Mariusz Wach and Taras Bidenko, but he hasn’t fought the best of the best, and that won’t have changed when he gets it on with Fury.

“I’m grateful for this fantastic opportunity to fight Tyson Fury,” Hammer says, “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.”

That confidence will serve Hammer well.  Stamina and solid chin will also come in handy.

“There’s no messing about in the heavyweight division,” says Fury. “One punch can turn everything upside down, that goes for him and for me. But I’ve got two things that other fighters lack, a fighting heart and massive balls. I love to fight, if I go down I get up and win, that’s why people love me and want to see me fight. Tyson Fury will never lose, simple.”

At least not against the likes of Christian Hammer.

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 03:29pm, 12/24/2014

    I’d rather him and his supersized balls “keeping busy” with Wach or Ustinov.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 01:48pm, 12/24/2014

    He keeps touting his big balls….I’m thinking he has a hydrocele that needs to be checked out….my balls hang down into the toilet water but I’m 75 and I don’t see anything great about that.

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