Thursday, 21 June 2012
Hamer wins Prizefighter!
Last night (June 20th) there was a heavyweight Prizefighter held at York Hall in Bethnal Green. It followed the same pattern as most of the previous Prizefighter tournaments. A lot of excitement and action but not much skill involved.
The winner in the end was 29-year old Tor Hamer (18-1, 11 KO's). He upset the odds by beating the tournament favourite, Kevin Johnson in the final. During the final three rounds of the tournament, Hamer stepped up the pace and took advantage of Johnson's lazy fighting style, making it almost completely ineffective. He won by scorecards of 30-27, 30-28 and 29-28.
The American also pocketed the famous Prizefighter trophy a long with a bonus £32,000.
On his route to the final, Hamer looked very good and just outclassed the rest of the fighters. In the quarter final he unleashed bombs from the first round to get a shout-out victory over Marcelo Luiz Nascimento. And then his semi-final bout was even more impressive. He overwhelmed the house favourite, Tom Dallas, and stopped him in just one round.
This is no doubt a very good achievement and a very good boost for Hamer's career. I know that the competition wasn't too great, but there were still some tough fighters he had to get past on the way to the top.
Overall, it was another great Prizefighter tournament given to us by Eddie Hearn of Matchroom sport. Once again it provided the fans with non-stop excitement all the way through, even if there wasn't much boxing involved.
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