Fury’s fo­cus stays firmly on Ham­mer

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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.

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