Tyson Fury ends Wladimir Klitschko's heavyweight reign

Britain's Fury causes boxing upset as he brings an end to Klitschko's nine-and-half-year reign with a points victory.

    Tyson Fury ends Wladimir Klitschko's heavyweight reign
    Tyson Fury now holds the IBF, WBO and WBA titles and becomes the first Briton to hold a world heavyweight crown since 2009 [Reuters]

    Tyson Fury of Britain is the new heavyweight world champion after defeating long-reigning Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in a unanimous decision Saturday night in Dusseldorf.

    Fury, 27, won the titles of the three most important ranking boxing organisations, the IBF, WBO and WBA, in front of 45,000 spectators.

    After a bruising encounter that ended with cuts near both of Klitschko's eyes, referee Tony Weeks went to the judges' scorecards.

    Cesar Ramos and Raul Caiz Sr scored it 115-112 each, while Ramon Cerdan had it 116-111 in favour of the undefeated Briton (25-0, 18 KO).

    Fury, 12 years younger than the 39-year-old Klitschko, taunted and baited the champion at various stages, prompting jeers from fans.

    Emotional Fury

    Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO), contesting his 28th title fight, was cautious until attempting a recovery in the final rounds, but suffered his first defeat since April 2004.

    "The speed was missing. Reach played a big role. I tried but it didn't work," said Klitschko, who at 1.98 metres (6-foot-6), was in the unusual position of facing someone taller in the 2.09-metres (6-foot-9) Fury.

    Fury, who weighed in at 112kg (246 pounds) also had a half-a-kilogram weight advantage.

    "I've said some stupid things," an emotional Fury said of his pre-fight talk and antics. "Wladimir, you're a great champion and thanks for having me. It was all fun and games in the build-up."

    Wladimir Klitschko said he will 'definitely' use the option of a rematch, which is in the fight contract [EPA]

    SOURCE: Agencies


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