Fury’s focus stays firmly on Hammer
TYSON FURY insists he is fully focused on his most “accomplished” opponent Christian Hammer, despite the potential lure of a meeting with new WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Wilder won the title on Saturday night with a points victory over Bermane Stiverne and, as well as declaring his intent to take on Wladimir Klitschko, the 29-year-old also name-checked Fury as a future opponent.
Fury, the mandatory challenger for Klitschko’s WBO title after his win over Dereck Chisora last year, will meet Hammer
at London’s O2 Arena on February 28 and is hopeful of meeting Klitschko later this year.
There is now the prospect of two title bouts after Wilder said he would like to take him on. Hammer is my most accomplished opponent so far from the pedigree of his amateur background.”
Asked what his ideal path to a title would be, Fury aimed high as he looks to collect his first world title.
“I’d choose to fight Klitschko because he is No.1 in the division,” he said. “He holds most of the belts.”
England stick to the policy of not selecting overseasbased players unless in “exceptional circumstances”.
Northampton Saints fullback Ben Foden will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, putting his World Cup hopes in doubt.
He went off in Sunday’s European Champions Cup win over Ospreys and will have surgery after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament.
The 29-year-old has not featured for England since the 2013 autumn Tests.