‘The Hammer’ boxed Tyson Fury and knocked out a British fan favourite – now he’s eyeing another upset against Dillian Whyte

Christian Hammer is hoping to upset the apple cart on Sunday night when he squares off against Dillian Whyte.

The Romanian puncher is no stranger to overcoming the odds against British fighters either.

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Hammer overcame the odds in 2017 to stop Price

In February 2017, he stopped fan favourite David Price in front of a packed-out London Olympia.

At the time, Price, a former Olympic bronze medallist, was rebounding from a pair of shock defeats at the hands of Tony Thompson.

The Liverpudlian was expected to promptly dispatch Hammer inside the distance – and it looked as though he was on course to do just that when he decked his adversary in the fifth stanza.

Yet in a remarkable turn of events, just two rounds later, Hammer came back to finish Price up against the ropes.

Now, just over seven years on, the 36-year-old journeyman is eyeing another big British scalp when he faces Whyte on St. Patrick’s Day at the TF Royal Hotel and Theatre in Castlebar, Ireland.

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‘The Bodysnatcher’ has been sidelined since failing a pre-fight drugs test before his proposed rematch with Anthony Joshua last August.

However, Whyte has since been cleared to fight again by the Texas Boxing Commission, who concluded that a contaminated supplement had caused his failed test.

Hammer (27-10) has fought a who’s who of heavyweight elites from his era including Alexander Povetkin, Luis Ortiz and Tyson Fury.

Hammer has also fought Fury, Ortiz and Povetkin

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Hammer has also fought Fury, Ortiz and Povetkin

When he boxed the latter in 2015, Hammer retired at the end of the eighth round after taking a beating from ‘The Gypsy King’.

A similar script tends to play out when Hammer steps up against world-level opposition.

Since recording a career-best win over Price all those years ago, he hasn’t done anything of note in the paid ranks.

His most recent outing, a rogue clash with Joe Joyce in 2022, ended early doors with Hammer failing to put up much in the way of resistance.

It seems unlikely he will be able to cause Whyte many problems when they duke it out this weekend.

But ‘The Hammer’ will certainly have a go.

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