HUGHIE FURY nailed a rare stoppage loss into Christian Hammer and insisted he was only at 50 per cent.
The cousin of WBC heavyweight world champion Tyson took on the respected Romanian in Newcastle and forced him to retire after five rounds with a bicep injury.
Hammer, 34, had gone the distance with brutes like Tony Yoka, Luis Ortiz and Alexander Povetkin, so an early night will look good on 27-year-old Fury’s record.
After landing dozens of jabs and a couple of pinpoint uppercuts, celebrating Fury said: “I was going through the gears and the plan.
“I had a lot more to do and he was getting sick in there.
“I was letting shots go and that was only 50 per cent of my potential.
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“The stoppage was coming, he was getting hit constantly, ask Hammer how good I am. I love to fight.”
Veteran warhorse Derek Chisora was suggested as a possible next opponent for the 6ft 6in Traveller.
And no-frills Fury said he would jump at the chance to take on the respected gatekeeper.