Hamer (right) looked very good in a decision win.
New York Native Overcomes Massive Weight Disadvantage in Decision Victory
Despite having to overcome a 56-pound weight disadvantage on Wednesday night, heavyweight Tor Hamer (13-1, 9 KOs) did not lose a single round in an eventual unanimous decision victory over Demetrice King (15-19, 13 KOs). BB Kings in New York City was the location of the fight, which was part of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing Series.
King stood in at 277 pounds, but he held the weight extremely well and performed much better than his professional record would lead one to believe. Hamer had obviously been undergoing an intense training schedule for this bout, as the hard-hitting heavyweight was in phenomenal shape. His motor never slowed throughout the eight frames of competition, and he looked like he could easily go another four rounds if he had to do so.
Hamer started with his jab from the onset of the opening bell, using quick head movement to prevent himself from ever being a stationary target. The New York native also began to attack the body of King early in an effort to begin chopping him down. He never swayed from a strategy of remaining busy and delivering well-planned strikes when he had his opportunities. The action was being dictated by Hamer, and the final minute of the third round saw him put King in some trouble in the far corner. After working his opposition into the vulnerable position, he began to unload a flurry of heavy combinations until the bell concluded the frame.
The effective strategy continued to be operated very well by Hamer, and he truly looked like a hungry fighter. He kept his head and foot movement as a focal point, and he landed a high percentage of the punches he threw. King most certainly had a very strong chin, and the Flint, Michigan, resident threw as many powering shots in the direction of his opponent as he could. However, Hamer was well prepared for those attempts when they came, often ducking and countering with some retaliating strikes of his own. As each round passed, he effectively stuck to his game plan and remained focused on chopping down his opposition. The strategy proved to be a well formulated one, and he unquestionably fought a very smart fight.
Hamer was rewarded by the judges when the eight frames had concluded, with each of the ringside decision makers giving him all eight rounds of action. When the score cards were announced, it was a clean 80-72 sweep for the New York fighter.