Tyson Fury proved too big and strong for his opponent yet again as the undefeated British and European champion recorded an 18th knockout from 24 contests to edge further towards a world title shot.
The 26 year-old pummelled German Christian Hammer at will and did exactly what he wanted with the challenger for the eight rounds the encounter lasted to successfully defend his WBO International title at the O2 Arena in London.
Hammer, who hit the canvas in the fifth, just couldn’t get through Fury’s big frame sufficiently enough to do any lasting damage and was eventually pulled out on his stool by his corner in order for him to fight another day.
With the victory, Fury moves on to a possible summer battle with veteran powerhouse Wladimir Klitschko provided the Ukrainian comes through his clash with American Bryant Jennings on April 25th at Madison Square Garden in New York.
In chief support on the England card, Chris Eubank Jr put on a masterclass against dangerous Russian Dmitry Chudinov to claim a career-best win and pick up the interim WBA middleweight title belt in the process.
Eubank totally dominated Chudinov for the duration of the contest and left him a bloody mess until referee Mikael Hook pulled him out in the final round on the instruction of worried co-promoter Francis Warren sitting at ringside.
The Brighton man is hoping to seal a rematch with rival Billy Joe Saunders in the summer after losing his perfect record to the European title holder last November.