This may well turn out to be Tyson Fury‘s year if he can successfully do a number on tough fringe contender Christian Hammer come Saturday, February 28th at the O2 Arena in London. Of course fighting the squat Hammer will do little to prep him for a challenge against big all everything record setting champ Wladimir Klitschko, but if press release noise counts for anything, freshly minted WBC beltholder Deontay Wilder is a more likely and much less dangerous target to hit.
It’s a new start for Fury after The Boxing Fates washed out what was supposed to be his huge 2012 year with repeated cancellations of his projected £5 million purse with the late not so great ingrate David Mr. Pinky Haye. That left Fury fighting for table scraps in the 2013 fight den of the greatly diminished Frank Warren. Fury managed to bookend those two minor fights in between a series of family tragedies starting with the still born death of his infant child and then the shocking sudden death of his Uncle Hughie.
I see this fight pretty much as a replay of Fury’s last comprehensive beating over Derek Chisora that ended when Chisora was pulled out of the fight between rounds after being well pulverized. Whether Fury will switch to his southpaw stance as he used against Chisora remains to be seen. Hammer is about the same size and quality, but you never know with heavies who always have a puncher’s chance, and the winner is…….?