It certainly wasn't pretty, but Tyson Fury has ended the Klitschko reign on top of boxing's heavyweight division. The 6'9 British fighter met Wladimir Klitschko in a stadium in Germany today, looking to take the heavyweight title away from him and hand him his first loss in 10 years. And he did exactly that, winning a unanimous decision.
The scores were 115-112, 115-112, and 116-111 for Fury.
It was not the most eventful title fight by any means. Klitschko was holding back all night, and Fury wasn't exactly lighting it up either. The bout involved a whole lot of clinching, with Fury actually getting deducted a point for rabbit punching late. It didn't matter though - he was more effective than the champ all night, scoring enough with his left and to the body in the clinch to take round after round.
Klitschko was never able to figure him out, and was gunshy with his powerful right hook for pretty much the entire 12 rounds. It was the lowest output from him that I've ever seen. He finally showed a little urgency in the final stanza, but it was much too late by then.
The 26-year-old Fury (25-0, 18 KO) gave the UK one of their biggest boxing moments in many years with the win. You'd have to figure there will be an immediate rematch though.