SAN DIEGO, November 28, 2015 – Call Tyson Fury crazy all you want. Saturday, it has to be crazy like a fox after Fury found a way to defeat Wladimir Klitschko, becoming the new heavyweight champion of the world and taking four title belts back home to Great Britain. The unanimous decision victory will likely remove any remaining hold by the veteran atop pound for pound best lists.
Fury’s improbable game plan worked. The Briton who calls himself the ‘Gypsy King’ in a nod to his Gypsy ethnic roots (25-0, 18 KOs) came out twitching with head and upper body feints, making him look terribly over caffeinated. The taller Fury kept Klitschko from leaning on him as he’s done with so many other opponents. Both tactics threw Klitschko (64-4, 54 KOs) off his normal game, and he never found a way to work around it.
By the midpoint of the fight, the crowd and social media observers began to sense the fight had gotten too far away from Klitschko to reel it back in and were witnessing an emerging upset.
Trainer Johnathon Banks told Klitschko to be patient during the early rounds, but he grew increasingly concerned with Klitschko’s lack of output, telling him after the tenth round, “You’re better than him. Stay low and fight this (expletive) … Go out there and knock his ass out. You gotta go get this (expletive), man. Turn this supposed boxing match into a fight.” Klitschko tried to step on the gas in the final round, but Fury scored two impressive left hooks, and it was too little too late.
The judges all saw the fight the same, with two scores of 115-112 and one 116-111. A point was deducted from Fury by referee Tony Weeks for rabbit punches, but it hardly mattered. It was Klitschko’s first loss since April 2004, and his only career loss via decision.
Breaking down in tears with his trainer and uncle Peter Fury at his side, an emotional Fury said it was a dream come true, he had worked hard and had come into Germany “to the lion’s den” to face Klitschko.
“You’re a great champion Wlad, thanks very much for having me,” said Fury. Referring to his pre-fight antics, dressing up as Batman, rapping and singing, he said “You know, it was all fun and games, In the build up I just wanted to be confident, young and brash, we’ve all been there some time.”
Fury then said he’d promised everyone he would sing after the fight, and burst into a brief version of “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith, dedicated to “my UK fans, my Irish fans, my American fans, and my new German fans. Most of all this is dedicated this to my wife.” Fury learned just hours before the fight his wife Paris was pregnant, making it a memorable day in more ways than one.
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Klitschko said Fury was the faster and better man in the ring. He was surprised most that Fury remained so active in the second half of the fight. Klitschko said he could not throw his right hand because of the distance Fury maintained.
Fury started busier and stayed busier than Klitschko throughout the bout, although “busy” is a relative term. Neither man through many punches. but Fury used smart movement and distance, picking his spots to inflict damage on Klitschko with hooks from both sides. CompuBox numbers tell the story. Fury landed 86 of 371 total punches (23 percent); Klitschko just 52 of 231 punches (23 percent). Fury landed 48 of 202 power punches; Klitschko just 18 of 69. Klitschko landed fewer punches than Guillermo Rigondeaux in his widely maligned victory last Saturday in Las Vegas.
Klitschko said during pre-fight interviews the only person who could beat him was himself. Taking nothing away from Tyson Fury, this is precisely what happened. Klitschko is about to turn 40 years old and he looked ten years older, physically and mentally unfocused.
Fury is now one of 11 current champions from Great Britain and the fourth from Manchester. Once he and his team have had a chance to take the four belts home and enjoy his victory, what’s next for Fury? Rising British heavyweight talent Anthony Joshua may want to have a go at Fury. New Zealand’s Joseph Parker surely feels he’s got a shot. American fans would like to see their own WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder take on Fury. Wilder tweeted at the conclusion of the fight, “I see you @Tyson_Fury…. #ImComingForYou”
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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