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TYSON FURY plans to make a TOOL out of Chris­tian Ham­mer.

The 6ft 9in trav­eller gam­bles his world heavy­weight ti­tle clash against Wladimir Kl­itschko when he boxes the Ro­ma­nian at Lon­don’s O2 Arena on Fe­bru­ary 28.

Fury, 26, risks his Euro­pean and WBO in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal belts against Ham­mer, and a shock loss would be cat­a­strophic for his ca­reer. He would lose his spot as manda­tory con­tender for Kl­itschko’s WBO belt – a ti­tle he is guar­an­teed to chal­lenge for later this year.

But Fury snapped: “Ham­mer will be a span­ner by the time I’ve fin­ished with him.

“The Chris­tian Ham­mers of the world are no prob­lem to me, I can feel a knock­out.

“There is pres­sure on me, but if I’m the No.1 heavy­weight in the world, like I be­lieve, then men like Ham­mer should be no prob­lem.”

Kl­itschko is lin­ing up a de­fence of his IBF, WBA and WBO ti­tles against Yank Bryant Jen­nings in Brook­lyn on April 25.

He will then have 30 days to ne­go­ti­ate his WBO manda­tory de­fence against Fury or the fight will go to the high­est purse bid.

Fury – un­beaten in 23 fights – says he needs to keep busy be­fore fac­ing the Ukrainian.

He last boxed in Novem­ber, forc­ing Dereck Chisora to quit af­ter 10 rounds af­ter a punch­per­fect per­for­mance when he earned his lofty world rank­ing.

He added: “I must have a fight in be­tween the Kl­itschko fight be­cause I can’t just wait around.

“I might have two, never mind one. But I am not fo­cused on Kl­itschko at the mo­ment – I’m fo­cused on Ham­mer.”

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