Tyson Fury targets Wladimir Klitschko after dominant win over Christian Hammer

Tyson Fury in action against Christian Hammer. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Tyson Fury in action against Christian Hammer. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

  • Hammer’s corner throw in towel
  • Fury in control from start to finish
  • Morecambe giant wants Klitschko then Wilder
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Tyson Fury has set his sights on a showdown with Wladimir Klitschko after defeating Christian Hammer to retain the European heavyweight title at London's O2 Arena on Saturday night.

The Morecambe giant saw off his opponent after the towel came in from the Romanian's corner during the eighth round.

Fury is the mandatory challenger for Klitschko's WBO belt and is also on the radar of WBC champion Deontay Wilder.

A UK-based bout is already under negotiation between the Fury and Klitschko camps and the 26-year-old is already plotting a subsequent unification bout against Wilder.

After claiming his 24th professional win from as many contests, Fury told BoxNation: "I want Klitschko next."

Fury was on the front foot from the off and got his feet going in an energetic first round, switching to southpaw before getting some shots in.

Tyson Fury celebrates beating Christian Hammer. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Tyson Fury celebrates beating Christian Hammer. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

The 6ft9 giant began to dominate in the second round and reverted back to southpaw from his usual orthodox stance, firing in some right-hand jabs.

He remained southpaw with Hammer missing with some big looping rights and Fury landing some clean hits towards the end of the third round.

Fury was swapping and changing, reverting to orthodox in the fourth as his opponent kept coming forward but the 27-year-old Romanian, who lies third in the WBO rankings, was down in the fifth with a minute to go - soaking up the shots to see out a tough round.

The Morecambe man remained in control in the sixth as Hammer threw out some big, inaccurate shots, while Fury continued to pepper the blows in the seventh with Hammer still taking it well.

I’m here to entertain. He was very tough. He took a lot of punishment

The eighth saw some more southpaw from Fury before reverting back to orthodox and he connected with a big uppercut before the towel was thrown in from Hammer's corner.

Fury added after the bout: "I'm here to entertain. He was very tough. He took a lot of punishment."

The colourful traveller celebrated by serenading the crowd with a version of Walking in Memphis.

Lancaster’s Dempsey Fury, Tyson’s cousin, opened the show with a points win over Lithuanian Ernest Depkas.

Tyson Fury sings his own version of Walking in Memphis to the crowd after beating Christian Hammer. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Tyson Fury sings his own version of Walking in Memphis to the crowd after beating Christian Hammer. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

The victory takes the 19-year-old super middleweight’s record to 4-0 as a professional.

Tyson Fury in action against Christian Hammer. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Tyson Fury in action against Christian Hammer. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire