Tyson Fury brought an end to an era by defeating Wladimir Klitschko, ending Klitschko’s reign as heavyweight champion yesterday in Dusseldorf, Germany. The event was televised worldwide on HBO Boxing.
All the controversy about the ring having too much padding and Klitschko’s hand wrap complaints by Fury’s team came to end when the two giants entered the ring.
Perhaps a very cautious approach by both fighters in the opening round, maybe with the intentions of securing the upper hand lacked the excitement the crowd was hoping for as hardly any punches were thrown by both fighters.
Actually, the first few rounds appeared lide a glorified episode of the television series “Dancing with the Stars.” It was clear Klitschko was not used to facing an opponent that at the least, matched him height and power.
The tactical approach by Fury started long before the two faced each other in the ring, trash talking and questioning many components that fighters often never really have to worry about. It may have been the difference, or at least gave Fury an upper hand in the fight.
An aging Klitschko was simply taken out of his element for most of the fight. Credit Fury on his tactical, yet gutsy approach in this fight. To win on an opponents home turf, let alone one of a champion takes some confidence. The performance by Fury, although very cautious, may have prevented Klitschko from fighting his fight. Keeping a safe distance could have worked against him on the scorecards, but it also forced Klitschko from landing any real and damaging punches.
Round-by-round, Fury slowly mounted points by landing the more powerful punches. At the end of round ten, Klitschko’s corner told him to use his double jab and start throwing more punches, and that he needed a knockout to win.
In round eleven, Fury mounted a late attack, landing a crisp body shot and a hook to the head of Klitschko. As Klitschko clinched, Fury threw one of many a rabbit punches on Klitschko. Referee Tony Weeks quickly deducted a point from Fury, a good move by Weeks to keep the fight under control as Fury was repeatedly warned throughout the fight.
In the twelfth and final round, a gassed out Klitchko did the best he could and started to mount an attack that was way too late for any chance at a win. Boxing fans were in the process of witnessing the end of an era, an eleven year run that one can’t argue was dominated by Wladimir Klitschko.
In boxing anything can, and often happens, Fury was fighting in a country that has embraced Klitschko and has become his adopted home for most of his fights. The wait for the score was taking a long time for a fight that Fury clearly won, many were questioning if this was going to be a controversial decision that would favor Klitschko.
After several minutes, Michael Buffer read the results, Cesar Ramos scored the bout 115-112, Ramon Cerdan scored it 115-112 as well, and Raul Caiz Sr. had a score of 116-111, giving the winner Tyson Fury a unanimous decision victory.
With the victory over Wladimir Klitschko, Fury obtained the WBA Super World heavyweight title, the IBF World heavyweight title, the WBO World Heavyweight title, and the IBF World heavyweight title.
The landscape of the heavyweight division has changed, it has been a remarkable run by both Klitschko brother’s, not just Wladimir. Vitali Klitscho retired as the WBC heavyweight title and now has a successful career in politics. It will be exciting to see a new champion in Tyson Fury and what fights will happen on the horizon.