Maybe Tor Hamer Is America's Best Young Heavyweight!

By James Slater: Congratulations to New York heavyweight and friend of Eastsideboxing Tor Hamer, the classy, well-educated boxer who shocked fellow American Kevin Johnson to win last night's "Prizefighter: the international heavyweights."

Hamer, beaten only once in his young pro career (via close, debatable decision) rose to the occasion in London, displaying both his speed and power, along with his ring smarts. At times totally befuddling his opponent (see his first win last night), at times overpowering his man, Hamer was something of a revelation. Fans who have seen Hamer before won't have been surprised by his quality performances last night, but new fans may have expected "kingpin" Johnson, the tourney favourite, to blast him out. Instead, Hamer sent the former WBC heavyweight title challenger home with a second loss on his record. Now, the Lou Dibella-promoted Hamer can look ahead to bigger fights.

Indeed, Hamer may even have emerged as the best-looking, most sellable young U.S heavyweight. Hamer, at 6'2" and around a solid 225-pounds, is no giant, and he doesn't have the raw power of a Seth Mitchell, but it could be argued Hamer has more skills than "Mayhem" (possibly a great match-up for the near future?).

And, for his perceived lack of size, Hamer was able to deal with the bigger, heavier Johnson okay. Would the 29-year-old have more of a chance than, say, Eddie Chambers, at winning a major belt? Okay, no-one is saying Hamer can go one better than "Fast Eddie" and beat a Klitschko, but Povetkin, Haye, Chisora, Adamek and a few other guys might be names Hamer could defeat.

The future looks bright for the bright college grad, and America's heavyweight division should be as upbeat about Hamer as his fans are.

Article posted on 21.06.2012

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