Fury: Beating Klitschko a ‘Dream Come True’

Tyson Fury, Wladimir Klitschko
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It may not have been the sort of stunning performance you’d expect when hearing of Tyson Fury’s victory over longtime heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko, but the British big man did enough to unseat the 39-year-old champ via unanimous decision (115-112 x 2, 116-111) in Dusseldorf, Germany Saturday.

For as much credit as Fury deserves in ruining the former champion’s decade-long reign atop the boxing world, much of the narrative revolves around Klitschko’s inability to to shed himself of the cautious approach that cost him the title. Fury feinted often and circled intelligently, stifling the Ukrainian phenom from establishing any sort of offense in the 36 minutes of competition shared between them.

Klitschko landed 52 of 231 punches, while Fury landed 86 of 371, according to ESPN.

“This is a dream come true,” Fury said with tears in his eyes after the fight during (h/t ESPN). “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.”

With the victory, Fury moves to 25-0. The Manchester native is now the lineal heavyweight champion of the world, taking Klitschko’s IBO, WBO, IBF and WBA (super) heavyweight titles.

What’s more, Fury put an end to Klitschko’s near record-setting run as boxing’s heavyweight champion. With 19 consecutive title defenses stemming all the way back to 2005, Klitschko was just one win away from tying Larry Holmes’ record of 20 straight and seven shy of breaking Joe Louis’ all-time record of 25.

Following the victory, Fury showcased his skills as a man on the mic, serenading his wife in front of approximately 50,000 people to the tune of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.”


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