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Fury risks Klitschko world title bout with Hammer fight deal

ESPN
December 28, 2014

Heavyweight contender Tyson Fury will take on Christian Hammer at the O2 Arena in February as he risks his status as world champion Wladimir Klitschko's mandatory challenger.

Promoter Frank Warren has announced that terms have been agreed for the bout on the 28th but the contracts will not be signed until after the festive holiday period.

"Fury will have his hands full with Hammer, who could create a huge shock if he wins," said Warren. "It's a risky fight for Fury, who's within touching distance of Klitschko and the world title.

"But Fury needs to keep active by fighting until Klitschko gets his fight in April out of the way and then comes to the table to negotiate the fight with Fury or the fight goes to purse bids. Fury needs to concentrate on Hammer and leave the talk of Klitschko until after he's dealt with Hammer."

The 27-year-old Hammer (17-3, 10 KOs), born in Romania and fighting out of Germany, is riding a 10-fight winning streak since suffering back-to-back losses to former title challenger Mariusz Wach and Taras Bidenko in 2010. But Hammer's winning streak has come against modest opposition.
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