Tyson Fury dethroned long-reigning world champion Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday (Nov. 28), via unanimous decision at Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The 39-year-old was outworked throughout the fight by the 27-year-old British mandatory challenger… for the upset victory before a pro-Klitschko crowd. At the end, the scorecards were 116-111 and two scores of 115-112, earning Fury the victory, and all of Klitschko’s belts and the lineal world championship.
Klitschko (64-4, 54 KOs) was the heavy favorite to retain the title, but Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) put in more work, seemingly taking the edge for most rounds.
There was a clause in the fight contract that gives Klitschko the option for an immediate rematch, so a sequel is likely.
“This is a dream come true,” said an emotional Fury, who broke down in tears in the ring after the fight. “We worked so hard for this. I’ve done it.
“It’s hard to come to foreign countries and get decisions. It just means so much to me to come here and get the decision.”
Although Fury talked trash during the buildup to the fight, he had kind words for Klitschko. “I’d like to say to Wladimir, you’re a great champion,” Fury said. “And thanks very much for having me. It was all fun and games during the buildup.”
Klitschko, himself, didn’t agrue the decision, saying: “Tyson was the faster and better man tonight. I felt quite comfortable in the first six rounds, but I was astonished that Tyson was so fast in the second half as well. I couldn’t throw my right hand because the advantage was the longer distance he had.”