BERLIN: Britain’s Tyson Fury was crowned the new world heavyweight champion on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) after a unanimous decision win over Wladimir Klitschko, who suffered his first defeat in eleven years.
The 27-year-old Fury was awarded the fight in Duesseldorf 115-112, 115-112 and 116-111 by the judges to take Klitschko’s WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO belts as the Ukrainian suffered his first defeat since 2004.
The new champion celebrated his victory by signing Aerosmith’s “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” in the ring.
“I want to thank my Lord and savior Jesus Christ for giving me this victory,” said a tearful Fury who has now won all 25 of his professional fights. I have worked hard everyday for this moment —it’s a dream come true.”
Klitschko said there is a rematch clause in the fight contract, adding it was too soon to talk about retirement and admitted he was surprised by Fury’s speed despite his towering 2.06-minute frame.
Fury will cash in on the victory regardless of the fight purse having bet £200,000 ($300,630) on him.
He made good on his pre-fight predictions of dethroning Klitschko and even took to song last Wednesday to tell the champion how he would “be the one with all the belts” after the bout.
The fight took place at the second attempt as the original October date had to be scrapped after Klitschko suffered a calf injury.
After Fury had problems with ill-fitting gloves in the week leading up to the fight, there was plenty of tension in the build-up on Saturday.
Fury’s management insisted the canvas was too soft and after much discussion and threats to call the fight off, Klitschko’s camp relented and removed some of the foam padding from the ring floor.
Then Klitschko was reported to have had his fists wrapped without an observer being present, a no-no in boxing, and when Fury’s camp complained, the champion’s fists were re-strapped which briefly delayed the start of the fight.
This was a poor display by Klitschko who finished with cuts to both cheeks with Fury unmarked.