Hughie Fury produced one of the best wins of his career to date when Christian Hammer was pulled out by his corner at the end of the fifth round in Newcastle. 

A bicep injury was the reason for the ending, but Fury was well on top in what was the most exciting fight he had been involved in for years. 

At 27, Fury has yet to prove he really belongs in top class. A negative display saw him lose a shot at the WBO title, then held by Joseph Parker, in 2017. He also lost to Alexander Povetkin and Kubrat Pulev. 

It was not really the defeats but an often negative style that has seen him sometimes struggle to make an impact. He showed fast hands and an attacking instinct here though, which, if applied against better opponents, could finally see him make the impact he has always promised. 

Hammer had boxed in Britain twice before. Indeed, it was after his loss to Tyson Fury, Hughie’s cousin, in February 2015 that the now WBC champion failed a doping test for nandrolone, which resulted in a backdated ban 2½ years later. 

In his last two fights he has been badly cut and after a promising start, a clash of heads left Fury marked under the left eye.  

It was Fury who was forcing the pace, but Hammer seemed happy to trade, landing a decent left hook in the first round and a crunching right in the fourth. But the punches coming back seemed to encourage Fury to push forward all the more. 

In the fifth round, after Hammer was deducted a point by referee Steve Gray for punching on the break, Fury started to set about Hammer, forcing him round the ring and doubling up on his shots. The round seemed to take a lot out of the Germany-based Romanian, but when he returned to his corner, he made it clear that he had suffered a bicep injury and was pulled out. 

“It was very easy in there, I was going through the gears,” Fury said. “I was hitting him with the light shots, he was making mistakes and that was the plan. I had a lot more gears to offer. We kept shortening the distance and then going long and it was frustrating him. He was going to go. That was only 50 per cent of me. 

“The stoppage was coming no matter what. Hammer was getting sick and he was getting hit constantly. I’m a fighting man, I’m only 27, I love to fight.”