Tyson Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday in Dusseldorf, Germany, in a fight HBO Boxing televised live in the afternoon in the U.S. Fury deserved to get the nod, against a hesitant and inactive Klitschko, and is new heavyweight champion of the world. The official scorecards read 115-112, 115-112, 116-111 for Tyson Fury.
Fury won the fight with head feints, confidence, and trash-talking. All three worked to get Klitschko out of sorts, and he simply never got going. Fury ran around the ring with his hands down, put his gloves behind his back, switched from the orthodox and southpaw stances, and generally clowned about.
Klitschko couldn’t get anything done, and he couldn’t pull the trigger. Klitschko had a cut opened under his eye due to a head butt, and with blood streaming down his cheek things clearly weren’t going to go in his direction.
Fury had a point deducted in the 11th round, and it began to create the sense that perhaps a robbery would be in the works, another case of notorious Germany home fighter flavoring. But, luckily, that wasn’t the case.
Fury did nothing spectacular. He didn’t do a ton of damage. He didn’t keep up a huge work rate. He didn’t send the reigning heavyweight champion out on his back, staring up at the ceiling. He just did more than Klitschko, round over round, and was the clear victor of the bout. Not scintillating, but enough to win.
Now, let the chaos begin and say hello to the new heavyweight world champion, Tyson Fury. Perhaps there’s a Fury vs. Klitschko II, perhaps Fury hides away with the belt in the UK for a couple of easy paydays, or perhaps he looks straight in the direction of American Deontay Wilder. We’ll have to wait and see for that, but stay tuned for more coverage and analysis of the Klitschko vs. Fury results in the days to come.