Last night, Tor Hamer went to bed £32,000 richer (that's $50,000), with a boosted profile and a win over former “World” title challenger, Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson on his resume to boot.
The well spoken, university educated American was certainly the emerging star of this tournament as he eased through his opening bouts, but there were still reservations as to his ability to deal with Johnson, who had fought at a higher level, in the final.
Johnson did have spectacular moments himself, after all. In his Quarterfinal contest with Nourredine Meddoune, he took a look at his novice opponent early on before establishing his jab; avoiding Meddoune’s swatting punches and crashing right hands off the Morrocan’s skull. With Meddoune unable to throw back, Johnson landed a right uppercut through the guard before the referee wisely intervened. If ever an early message has been sent in a Prizefighter tournament, this was it.
Hamer started out confidently against the Brazilian hulk Marcelo Nascimen...