Tyson Fury beats Wladimir Klitschko in unanimous decision upset
Just when you thought Wladimir Klitschko was unbeatable, he goes out and loses.
Klitschko, a WBO, WBO, IBO and IBF world heavyweight champion, lost to Tyson Fury Saturday in Dusseldorf, Germany by unanimous decision Saturday. The judges’ scores were 116-111 and two had it 115-112 in favor of Fury.
Most observers seemed to view the fight as boring. Both men spent most of the fight in the clinch, afraid of more damage happening. Fury opened up a cut by Klitschko’s eye with some shots that seemed to bother the Ukrainian champion. He displayed a carefree attitude in the ring, often dropping his hands to his sides and throwing punches from unconventional stances.
“This is a dream come true. I’ve put everything in the gym for this,” Fury said after the fight.
Klitschko had won 22 straight fights and hadn’t lost since being defeated by Lamon Brewster by TKO in 2004. But he was soundly beaten in this one as he only threw 69 power punches in the bout according to HBO’s punch stats, landing just 18. Fury landed a slightly lower percentage, but he dominated by throwing 202 and landing 48 of them.
Fury is now 25-0 after the upset win. At least there is now some excitement in the heavyweight division.