4 years ago on this day: Wladimir Klitschko VS Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury - Wladimir Klitschko (Photo: PuzzlePix Photo Agency)

Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury was a professional boxing match challenged for WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, IBO, The Ring magazine, and lineal heavyweight titles. The fight took place on November 28, 2015 at Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Fury was the winner of the unanimous decision. This ended Klitschko’s reign of nearly 10 years, the second longest in heavyweight history. Klitschko was entitled to a rematch through the fight contract.

From the off, Fury kept constantly on the move boxing off the back foot and throwing many feints, beating Klitschko to punch from range while not letting Klitschko set his feet to land his own shots. Klitschko himself was used to beating fighters that were usually smaller than himself from the range and then clinching them on the inside. However, Klitschko was unable to adjust his style and continued to clinch Fury on the inside while Fury was still trying to punch, this meant that Fury was outpunching and outlanding Klitschko in all areas. Despite the fact that it was usually Klitschko on the offensive coming towards him, Fury made himself difficult to hit with his head and body movement, also switching to a southpaw stance at times to confuse Klitschko. Due to the style and defensive skill of both fighters, there were very few punch combinations landed during the fight, when one punch was landed the next punches were almost always evaded or missed.

Some of the rounds were close but decisive in Fury’s favor due to his ring generalship and being more active than Klitschko who appeared flustered, this gave Fury what was more or less an insurmountable lead going into the later rounds. From the start, Fury’s tactics appeared to be try and nullify Klitschko and make him feel uncomfortable, even putting both his hands behind his back several times during the fight. As a result of this, Klitschko was noticeably gun shy during the fight, particularly with his right hand, seemingly wary of being countered.

Fury landed the best punch of the fight in the ninth round, after Klitschko turned his back momentarily and when he turned to face Fury again he was caught with a left hook in the face, with Klitschko just managing to avoid some follow up punches. In the eleventh round, Fury landed another two big left hooks and Klitschko appeared to be hurt before referee Tony Weeks docked for a third punch that was behind the head having already warned Fury for rabbit punching, though again it was partly Klitschko’s fault for turning his back as he had done several times throughout the fight, this meant the round was scored even instead of in Fury’s favor. In the twelfth and final round Klitschko finally appeared to throw caution to the wind to land some punches of his own, but Fury did the same and traded punches with him and though now scored the final round for Klitschko when the bell sounded most people felt that Fury had done more than enough.

Two judges scored the bout 115-112, while the other scored it 116-111, all in favor of Fury, which meant he won the unanimous decision and became the new unified heavyweight champion. This put paid to any fears that there could be a controversial, disputed or an unfair decision.

In the post-fight press conference, Klitschko was asked if his right hand was injected as he hadn’t thrown it very often, “but it wasn’t injected, but my right hand was supposed to land after my left, and I couldn’t find the right distance to land the shots that I wanted. ” Fury’s trainer and uncle Peter Fury said, “This is what we’ve been working on in the gym for five months, to beat someone like Wladimir Klitschko you have to take boxing to a whole new level.” Klitschko congratulated Fury on winning the fight and Fury also gave credit to Klitschko for the shots he did land saying they both found each other awkward to land on. He then said “tonight was my night and God gave me the victory, so I hope to have many more defenses of these titles. And if I could just say one thing, if I could be half as good a champion as Wladimir Klitschko, I ‘d be very very happy.”

(Source: Wikipedia)