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Tyson Fury to risk world title shot against Christian Hammer

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Controversial British heavyweight Tyson Fury will risk his status as mandatory challenger to Wladimir Klitschko's WBO world title by facing off with Christian Hammer at London's 02 Arena on February 28th.

Fury, 26, holds an unbeaten record standing at 23 wins with 17 by way of knockout and has largely created excitement in his career to-date. He is a brash, loud man who creates headlines and often entertains with his attacking fighting style.

The same cannot be said about his last fight though as he decided to keep safe and systematically break down Derek Chisora in their rematch.

Fury normally goes for an all-action style which can leave himself open to big shots and makes him vulnerable to elite level fighters. He decided to change up his style in his fight with Chisora though and boxed almost entirely from the southpaw stance.

Chisora was never able to get close to Fury who outboxed his man for the entirety of the contest before Chisora was retired by his corner at the end of the tenth round.

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Fury normally goes for an all-action style which can leave himself open to big shots and makes him vulnerable to elite level fighters. He decided to change up his style in his fight with Chisora though and boxed almost entirely from the southpaw stance.

Chisora was never able to get close to Fury who outboxed his man for the entirety of the contest before Chisora was retired by his corner at the end of the tenth round.

Fury keeping active

Fury won the right to face Wladimir Klitschko for his WBO world title but he has decided to take a fight in the mean-time in order to keep busy. The opponent Chosen is the six foot to inch Romanian based German Christian Hammer.

Hammer aged 27 holds a record of 17 wins and three losses with the biggest victory on his record being the American Kevin Johnson. Hammer gained a unanimous points win over 'Kingpin' who will face fellow Brit Anthony Joshua in a few weeks time.

Hammer: An Easy Touch?

Hammer shouldn't really pose a huge risk to Fury but he is a decent opponent to face whilst waiting for his shot at a world title. Fury cannot be expected to take on a serious threat as to do so would he ludicrous with his world title shot on the line.

Fury has a significant height and reach advantage over Hammer and he will look to utilise his upper-hand physically. He will probably look to keep the fight at distance using his jab and break down Hammer in much the same way as he did Chisora in November.

Hammer will be extremely determined to come in and win as he knows that it is a massive opportunity for him. If he beats Fury then he may well get a shot at Klitschko instead and that should prove huge motivation.

Fury to win in style

Fury will be expected to come through this fight in emphatic nature and it is a positive factor that he is looking to keep busy as he will be at his best when fighting regularly. He won't balloon out of shape as he has done when not in training camp and that can only be a good thing for his future in the sport.

Fury with his height and physical presence combined with underrated boxing skill is a legitimate threat to the heavyweight king which is Wladimir Klitschko but he must have his mind on the job in hand first.

The risk

He cannot afford to just go through the motions and underestimate his man as this sport has shown on many occasions to be a sport which punishes those ill-prepared.

Fury will headline the bill which will feature the enigmatic Chris Eubank Jr in a fight for the WBA Interim belt against the unbeaten Dmitry Chudinov.

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Wladamir Klitschko
Heavyweight
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