Tyson Fury talked a good game and did even better backing it up as he ended Wladimir Klitschko’s long reign over the heavyweight division with a unanimous decision victory in Dusseldorf, Germany, to take home the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring heavyweight titles.
Just as he said he would, the 27-year-old with a colorful personality made it clear that he would be the one to end the Klitschko’s decade-plus supremacy at the top of the food chain. And when he was finished talking with his fists, and the ESPIRIT Arena full of pro-Klitschko fans sat in disbelief at what transpired, Fury decided to stop jawing and sang a rendition of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” to his wife.
It was a fitting end to what had been quite the interesting promotion leading up to the heavyweight tilt as Fury did everything he could to get under the skin of Klitschko. His colorful antics including dressing up as Batman and spewing a number of one-liners more fitting for a standup comedian than a fighter. Serenading his wife with an Aerosmith tune was probably the least peculiar thing he could have done.
But what wasn’t peculiar was what took place in the ring as Tyson Fury – who is named after hard-hitting heavyweight legend Mike Tyson – used his size and speed to make Klitschko (64-4) look every bit of his 39 years. Standing at 6-foot-9 with an 85-inch reach (compared to Klitschko’s 6-foot-6 frame with an 81-inch reach), Fury (25-0) worked behind a long jab to keep the Ukrainian off balance. The action was limited but Fury was more effective as he landed 86 of 371 punches to Klitschko’s 52 of 310 punches.
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