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Fury defeats Klitschko unanimously despite point deduction

Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | November 28, 2015

Tyson Fury v Wladimir Klitschko

  • Fury wins unanimously 115-112, 115-112, 116-111
  • English fighter takes WBA, IBF and WBO belts
  • Klitschko’s first loss in over a decade

Fury defeats Klitschko by decision

‘Don’t wanna miss a thing’. We sure hope you didn’t, and those were the words that Tyson Fury sung (by American rock band Aerosmith) after inflicting perhaps one of the biggest title shocks the boxing world has seen in recent times.

The ‘Gypsy King’ controlled Wladimir Klitschko throughout the 12 rounds to unanimously beat the Ukrainian (115-112, 115-112, 116-111) in his own German base – the first man to defeat him in a decade – to thus take his WBA, IBF and WBO belts and become new heavyweight champion of the world.

Fury came out the blocks from the start, although neither fighter were really able to connect until the ninth round when the duo traded big blows.

Fury point deducted in 11th round

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The still undefeated Brit (now 25-0, 18 KOs) gave fans a scare when he was deducted a point in the 11th for hitting Klitschko in the back of the head, but in the end it didn’t matter.

Before the fight, Fury promised much, saying that he would beat the 39-year-old, 12 years his senior, preferably by knockout, and he certainly thrilled viewers who tuned in from around the world.

Fury even treated the crowd to an ‘Ali shuffle’, though perhaps lacking the speed and flair of the legend, and taunted the Ukrainian throughout, such as putting his arms behind his back and a tempting him with an outstretched head.

What now for ageing Klitschko?

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In a bitter blow to Klitschko, who will certainly take a look as his future in the ring after the shock loss, he was also cut and generally out-boxed. Also, in a rather surprising lack of concentration by the now-former champ, he allowed Fury to hit him hard after turning his back in round nine after getting a clean shot of his own only moments earlier.

One possible contender who would have no doubt seen the fight is rapidly rising star Anthony Joshua, who will be eyeing up Fury’s three world titles in the near future. He takes on old rival Dillian Whyte at London’s O2 Arena on December 12th, and is heavily odds-on at 1/16 with Coral to triumph.

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A more enticing price of 11/4 is available, however, for Joshua to win in the third round.

Another who could fight Fury sooner, though, is WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, in a potential bout that would unify the division.

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