Tyson Fury will wake up Sunday morning as the new undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the world.
The hugely controversial character, snatched away the WBA super, IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine titles away from long reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko via unanimous decisiom in Hannover, Germany.
Judges ringside tabled scorecards of 115-112, 115-112 and 116-111 in favour of the Wythenshawe native, who toppled the 39 year old Klitschko, bringing to an end a reign with has seen the Ukranian sit atop of the Heavyweight pile for almost a decade.
Klitschko fought very tentatively throughout the fight, seemingly very reluctant to throw his right hand, working predominantly with the left.
Fury’s unorthodox movement and punch selection gave the champion problems from the outset; showboating and goading Klitschko to throw punches, the 27 year old showed huge confidence throughout. That confidence never wavered.
Klitschko suffered cuts first to his left cheek and then both eyes as Fury went to work with both fists and his head coming in. The Ukranian is notorious for leaning and clinching up close, but the 6″9 frame of Fury proved to be a bridge too far, with the challenger consistently dropping his head and manouevering Klitschko back to the ropes.
Referee Tony Weeks deducted a point from Fury in round eleven for hitting behind the head. In the same round, the former British and Commonwealth champion wobbled Klitschko badly with two left hooks as the champion struggled with distance and severely bloodied eyes.
Round tweleve saw a more even contest as Klitschko went all out for his man; Fury’s struggle was caused more by a wardrobe malfunction than anything, as the Brit tried in vein to stop his shorts falling to his ankles in the final stanza.
As the bell sounded for the end of the contest, both men raised their hands. This writer scored the fight to Fury 116-111. A quiet lull filled the arena as nervy anticipation set in.
Thankfully, the three scoring judges saw it the same way as broadcasting stations HBO, Sky Sports and RTL, handily in favour of the new champion Tyson Fury.
“In the name of Jesus thank you. Me and my uncle Peter have worked so hard for this”, said Fury after the result was announced.
“My destiny has come true tonight. I glorify Jesus name by giving this win to him.”
“Nobody comes to Germany and plays with the heavyweight champion of the world like that.”
“It was a tough task. Tonight I showed why I’m the most avoided heavyweight on the planet”, Fury said.
“If I can do half as well as Klitschko, then I’ll be a great champion. Everybody wrote me off. The experts were proved wrong”