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Fury shocks Klitschko with decision win

In front of some 50,000 fans at the ESPRIT Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany, Tyson Fury pulled off a huge upset by scoring a unanimous decision win over long-reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Perhaps it was a sign of things to come in the first two rounds, where Klitschko, who does tend to start slow, simply could not land anything of note and was barely even throwing at all.  Fury meanwhile, kept the pressure on and moved in and out, while feinting and making himself a moving target.

Fury continuously feinted and stayed busier behind a jab and plenty of taunts.

In the fifth round, a clash of heads opened up a cut under Klitshcko’s left eye but instead of picking up the pace, Klitschko remained inactive  and tentative.

Klitschko’s best moments of the fight came in the ninth and 12th rounds, when he connected with left hooks that stopped Fury in his tracks.  However, pleading from trainer Johnathan Banks to go for a knockout were all for naught as Klitschko was simply unable to pull the trigger and looked all of his 39 years of age.

Fury to his credit, fought confidently looked better than he probably has in any fight before, taking it to the champion and earning the victory.  Scores were 115-112, 115-112 and 116-111 for Tyson Fury, while 3MoreRounds scored it 118-109 for Fury.

The loss marks Klitschko’s first defeat in 11½ years and ends his 9½-year reign as champion.

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