World heavyweight champion retains his IBF title by knocking out the challenger and ending his unbeaten record.
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.
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.”