Fury conquers Klitschko to win world heavyweight titles
Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) defeated Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 54 KOs) by unanimous decision to win the WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight titles on Saturday night at the ESPIRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Fury was busier and landed more punches over the 12 rounds to end Klitschko's historic title reign by scores of 115-112, 115-112 and 116-111.
Klitschko, 39, stalked the 27-year-old British challenger from the opening bell, but was not throwing many punches, while Fury used lateral movement and connected with the first notable blow, a left hook in the second round.
Fury began switching from his natural orthodox style to a southpaw stance, and showboated, dropping his hands to his side as the Ukrainian was unable to land any of his powerful blows.
Klitschko connected with a right hand at the end of the 4th and was slowly finding his range before a head clash opened a cut below his left eye in the fifth round.
Fury piled up the points in the following rounds by repeatedly tagging Klitschko from distance.
The champion was waiting for a moment to attempt a meaningful right hand as Fury was clowning and putting his hands behind his back during the 7th.
Fury was moving well and Klitschko could not get any offence going.
Klitschko finally landed two good right hands in the 9th, but Fury took them well. He soon responded with a hard left hook, and another cut opened up, this time above Klitschko's right eye.
Klitschko was looking like an aging fighter by the 10th and could barely land anything solid as Fury was putting in more work.
In the 11th, referee Tony Weeks deducted a point from Fury for hitting the back of the head as the fight became messier.
Klitschko tried to go for the knockout in the 12th, and landed some hard shots but Fury battled back until the final bell.
"This is a dream come true," said Fury. "We worked so hard for this. I've done it.
"It just means so much to me to come here and get the decision.
"I'd like to say to Wladimir, you're a great champion.
"I told the world I would beat him, And I did."
The fight was Klitschko's 28th world title fight, an all-time division record.
"Tyson was the faster and better man tonight," said Klitschko. "I couldn't throw my right hand because the advantage was the longer distance he had."