By Karl Freitag
Photo: Lawrence Lustig
Tor Hamer won the one night “Prizefighter International Heavyweights II” elimination tournament on Wednesday night at the legendary York Hall near London finishing on top of the eight fighter field to claim the trophy and £32,000 winner’s check. In the final, Hamer (18-1, 11 KOs) won a three round unanimous decision over the pre-tournament betting favorite Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (28-2-1, 13 KOs). Hamer did more over the first two rounds, while Johnson finished stronger. Scores were 30-27, 30-28, 29-27.
“I had more energy than him – he’s a smart fighter but I was in great shape and I outworked him for the win,” said Hamer. “It’s a huge boost for my career – my name is out there big time now and I’m hunting the big fights with the big names.”
Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (28-1-1, 13 KOs) won a dull three round split decision over Albert Sosnowski (47-5-2, 28 KOs) by scores of 30-27, 29-28. Sosnowski was up 29-28 on the third card.
Tor Hamer (17-1, 11 KOs) bum-rushed 6’6 Tom Dallas (16-3, 12 KOs) and got him out of there in 29 seconds.
Former world title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (27-1-1, 13 KOs) scored a first round TKO over novice Noureddine Meddoune (4-2, 4 KOs). Johnson floored Meddoune with a right hand and finished him with his follow up barrage. Time: 2:57.
Former world title challenger Albert Sosnowski (47-4-2, 28 KOs) won a three round split decision against Maurice Harris (25-17-2 11 KOs). Harris rocked Sosnowski in round one, but Sosnowski outhustled Harris in rounds two and three to win 29-28, 29-28 on two cards. Harris was up 29-28 on the third card.
Tor Hamer (16-1, 10 KOs) scored a three round unanimous decision over Marcelo Luiz Nascimento (16-4, 14 KOs). Hamer was credited with a dubious knockdown in round three. Scores were 29-28, 30-26, 30-27.
Tom Dallas (16-2, 12 KOs) scored a third round TKO when 260lb Tom Little (3-1, 0 KOs) completely ran out of gas. Time was 1:57.