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Monday, 11 April 2016

Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury RECAP: Fury stuns Klitschko to win world title

Tyson Fury stuns the world by beating Wladimir Klitschko to claim heavyweight title at the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf

Good night

That’s the end of our live coverage of tonight’s sensational fight - but we’ll have plenty of reaction to a stunning win for Tyson Fury

Fury on re-match

I’m a fighter so I will take on all challengers be a great champion. I’d like to do it all again .

Re-match clause

Bernd Bonte: We have a rematch clause in the contract.

Klitschko's trainer Johnathon Banks

I thought Tyson put on a well-deserved performance. It was a well-deserved victory. Clearly the fight didn’t go as Wlad and I planned.
You’ve got to have a winner and loser. Tyson did a good job, he won, but I do believe Wladimir Klitschko will be back.

Tyson Fury's trainer Peter Fury

We had a good look at Wladimir. Boxing is an art, it’s not about landing one big shot. It’s about angles, movement, getting the distance. If you can’t hit it, you can’t beat it. We worked on all of these things.
Inside me and Tyson were very confident we would get this victory over such a great champion.

Tyson Fury

He put up a really good fight. I found him quite awkaward to land clean on. He caught me with some good shots. Tonight wasn’t his night, it was my night.
If I could be half as a good a champion as Wladimir Klitschk, I’d be very, very happy.

Reaction from Klitschko

Today was a good night, not a good night from me. I wish there were more clean shots I couldn’t find the right distance. Tyson quuick with his body and head movement I couldn’t land the right shots.
Congratulations. To be continued

A classy touch from the former champ

Your new heavyweight world champion

James Robson's fight report

In the middle of Wladimir Klitschko’s adopted land, Tyson Fury ended the Ukrainian’s nine-year rule as heavyweight king.
The challenger from Wilmslow promised to leave Dusseldorf with the world title and he was as good as his word.
For all of his confidence the undefeated 27-year-old struggled to convince a sceptical public.
His big mouth would finally be shut by his 39-year-old rival.
But Fury wrote his name into boxing folklore and well and truly silenced his doubters with a performance that lived up to his promise.
He took the fight to Klitschko, just as he’d vowed.
Taunting his opponent with his antics in the ring, he also frustrated him, keeping the champion at a distance with jab.
Klitschko couldn’t get close to Fury - couldn’t dominate with his own jab and couldn’t land the big shots he was desperate to connect with.
As the fight wore on, the greatest danger to Fury was that he’d lose his concentration - at one point putting both hand his back and goading Klitschko.
A point deduction in the 11th even left Fury doubting himself - and it showed as he went for the finish in the last.
What followed was a late, scrappy brawl - but Fury needn’t have worried.
Brits have ended up on the wrong end of judges’ scorecards in Germany before - but this would have been a travesty.
All three judges saw him as a resounding winner, scoring the fight 115-112, 115-112, 116-111.
It accurately reflected his dominance.
“It’s hard to come to a foreign country and get a decision,” said Fury. “With that point deduction I thought I wasn’t going to get it.
“This is a dream come true. We’ve worked so hard for this.”

Fury: I thought I'd lost it with the point deduction

This is a dream come true. We’ve worked so hard for this. It’s hard to come to a foreign country and get a decision. With that point deduction I thought I wasn’t going to get it.

I’ve said some stupid things, You’re a great champion.

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury is the new heavyweight world champion

Tyson Fury is the heavyweight champion of the world. Here are the scorecards:

Round 12

A thrilling a finish. Both fighters going for it. Klitschko because he knows he’s in trouble - Fury because he fears being on the wrong end of a decision in Germany.
A fantastic performance from Fury - full of guts and skill.
I think he’s done enough - but it’s all down to the judges.

Round 11

Fury started to look a little loose with his punches in that round. His trainer Peter Fury has told him not to leave it to the judges - but he doesn’t want to waste all the good work he’s put in so far.
Fury had a point taken off him in that round. Could that be telling?

Round 10

After the thrills of the ninth, a more subdued affair in the 10th.
Fury still giving it to Klitschko though - walking into him as the champion for his stool.
Big finish awaits

Round 9

Biggest cheer of the night as Klitschko landed his best shot so far, with a straight right.
But Fury came straight back, catching the champion with a left hook as he tried to walk away. Hearts were in mouths all around the arena.

Round 8

Just wonder if there are signs of Fury tiring now. For me he’s had the best of it so far - but will Wlad’s experience and conditioning tell in these later rounds?

Round 7

A scrappy round. Fury still very confident, but it’s not to pull stunts like putting his arms behind his back

Round 6

Fury has to feel good about what’s happening. He’s keeping Klitschko at a distance, which is what most thought would cause the greatest difficulty the champion. But who knows how the judges are calling it?

Round 5

The referee Tony Weeks is doing a good job controlling this one. He’s quick to break every time they hold.
As the bell went on the fifth Fury tried to rile Klitschko - taunting the Ukrainian as he went back to his corner.

Round four

The crowd in here are chanting ‘Klitschko, Klitschko.’ They know their man needs lifting.
But the champion will feel there are opportunities to get through Fury.
On a couple of occasions the Brit has let fly - leaving himself open.
If Klitschko times one right, he could be in trouble.

Round 3

Some fun and games from Fury. Briefly switched to southpaw, but needs to stay focussed.
Threw a punch late in the round that left him unbalanced and could have been costly.

Round 2

Fury went for the big right again. He clearly thinks he can rattle Klitschko early.
Got off a good shot to the body as well.
Very confident start.

Round 1

Fury tried to land a big right and wasn’t far from connecting. But he’s also be caught by Klitschko’s jab a few times.
Only round one, but feels like both have come to make a show of it.
Fury promised it would be explosive.
But it’s a bit early for him to start with the showmanship and arm spinning.

The champion enters the ring

The arena shook as Klitschko entered the ring

Got to say Fury looked confident and at ease on his way into the ring - just as he has all week.
Klitschko, though, looks equally at ease.
The atmosphere could prove telling. The roar that greeted the champion’s entrance shook the building.

Joe Gallagher on how the fight will go

If Tyson Fury hits Wladimir Klitschko, he’ll finish him.
Both men can go down. We’ve seen it before.
But Tyson has always got up. The question is whether Klitschko can recover if his challenger manages connect.
In Tyson he’s coming up against something he’s never faced before.
If you’re Wladimir Klitschko, how do you prepare for someone like Fury?
Is he coming out southpaw, is he going to do the lean back?
You don’t know what he’s going to do.
Fury’s variety of shots could be the key to doing Klitschko.

If Rod wasn't to your taste, what about this?

Wlad on his ego

I think that’s the core of any successful person - ego. We could talk about it negatively as someone being egotistical, like fear and fear is also negative. But fear is also healthy because fear makes you alert, aware, punctual, being in the right place in the right time. It makes you fast, it makes you alive.
So I wouldn’t say to put ego in a negative box, I think it’s controlled ego, it’s big and that’s probably the core of your motivation.

Rod wasn't to everyone's taste

Fury on Wlad's chin

Chins don’t get any better. They just get worse. Let’s face it, when Wladimir is tagged on the chin, he wobbles all over and he goes down.
Let’s make no mistakes, he’s almost made his chin like the City of Troy with the high walls. But even Troy was breached with a bit of brains, wasn’t it?
I’m the Trojan Horse for him, most definitely.

Rod Stewart is in the ring, wearing a garish gold jacket. Might not be the last song of the night if Fury wins

Bruno: Don't underestimate Fury

I’ve been studying him for a long time. He’s very good. He’s better than a lot of people give him credit for.
He’s a very good fighter - he’s intelligent.
Don’t underestimate him - he fancies the job.
Klitschko has boxed a lot of boxers who are beaten before they get into the ring. But he fancies his chances.
He could be Britain’s the first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis.

Fury: If I can't beat Wlad, I'm a fraud

Tale of tape

Wladimir Klitschko

Country: Ukraine
Ring name: Dr Steelhammer
Age: 39
Titles: IBF, WBO, WBA, IBO heavyweight champion
Record: 64 wins (53 knockouts), 3 losses
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6ft 6½ in
Weight: 17st 7 lb
Neck: 19in
Chest: 48in
Waist: 34in
Biceps: 18in

Tyson Fury
Country: Britain
Age: 27
Record: 24 wins (18 knockouts) 0 losses
Titles: Former British, European, Commonwealth, English and Irish champion
Stance: Orthodox or southpaw
Height: 6ft 7in
Weight: 17st 8lb
Neck: 20 in
Chest: 50
Waist: 38

Can Fury succeed where Haye failed?

James Robson on Klitschko

For all the talk of his age, Wladimir Klitschko’s demeanour is not of a man who is ready to walk away any time soon.
Watching him in the ring during his public workout, he was the vision of a supreme athlete.
At 39 years old it’s easy to get sucked into the narrative that the younger man will have edge.
But the phrase ‘age is only a number’ was never more apt than in Klitschko’s case.
He has dominated heavyweight boxing for the best part of decade for good reason – because he’s simply the best.
The quality of the opposition during his era is valid point of debate. But you can only beat what’s out there – and Klitschko has done that.
He overwhelmed David Haye – the man who was supposed to stop him in his tracks.
Now, at the dawn of a new era of heavyweights, Fury leads the charge of challengers to his throne.
Behind the Brit – Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.
Should Klitschko dispatch of Fury, clashes with the other two rising stars of the division will surely follow.
Speaking to him at his hotel on Thursday, he did not come across as a man who is ready to step aside yet.

Poll: How will the fight go?

How do you think the fight will go?

Rod Stewart is in the house

Which Tyson Fury will show up?

One of the biggest concerns for Klitschko will be the unpredictability of his challenger.
Will Fury box southpaw or orthodox? Will he use his jab or turn it into a brawl?
And - will he turn up as Batman.
This gallery gives you an idea of what Klitschko is up against

A message from the Hitman

Fury's first trainer, so proud of his protege

Tyson Fury (right) with former amateur coach Steve Egan
Tyson Fury’s first amateur trainer has come out to Germany to see his former protégé fulfill the prophecy he made the very first time he laid eyes on him.
Steve Egan from Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy predicted Fury would rule heavyweight boxing before ever even seeing him in a fight.
He said: “It was 2002 and the first day he walked into the gym I said to my dad after watching him for a minute, ‘He’s going to be heavyweight champion of the world.’
“My dad said, ‘You’re joking.’ But I just saw something in him.”
With Egan, Fury won the ABA finals and his first pro belt, the English title.
Now his one-time mentor believes he’s ready to take Wladimir Klitschko’s belt.
“I’m confident,” he said. “I think he’s done Wladimir’s head. I think he’s angry and that plays into Tyson’s hands.”

Lennox Lewis on Fury's chances

Lewis told The Ring magazine:
Klitschko and Fury is interesting because this will be the first time that Wladimir has boxed a dangerous opponent who is equal in size.
Tyson Fury can reach Klitschko with the jab and none of the smaller guys have been able to do that. When I boxed taller fighters, I’d let my jab go and catch one back and it’s a shock. You have to adjust, and that’s why this won’t be an easy fight for Wladimir early. He’ll have to adjust to the size and rhythm of Fury.

Five reasons why Tyson Fury WILL win tonight

A word from Billy Graham

Fury seems at peace

What’s been notable this week is just how relaxed Tyson Fury has been.
There is no other sport that compares to boxing when it comes to bravado – but in the challenger’s case it looks genuine.
I’ve been covering Fury since he first turned pro and I cannot think of a time when he looked so at ease with himself.
He has enjoyed this week.
In his mind this is his destiny – and rather than being overawed by the occasion, it has instilled a calmness within him.
It was evident on Wednesday during his public workout.
Before stepping into the ring he was happy to engage with assembled media – moving from one microphone to the next, answering everything put to him with disarming charm.
This wasn’t the Fury who flipped a table during one press conference Dereck Chisora and launched into an expletive-laden rant at another.
This was a man who believes his time has come and is enjoying every moment of it.

Fury's message to Klitschko


Freddie to the rescue (thankfully he wasn't required)

But can he beat Klitschko?

Good evening from Dusseldorf

I’m in place at the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf for Wladimir Klitschko’s heavyweight world title clash with Tyson Fury.
The good news is that after some late drama today over the ring canvas, the fight is ON.
It was an unwanted distraction for Fury ahead of the biggest fight of his life - but perhaps it also pointed to Klitschko’s respect for his rival.
An overly spongy canvas might have had an impact on Fury’s ability to move his feet so quickly - and perhaps that is an area of his game that concerns the champion.
Either way, it was an important victory for Fury’s team who were clearly incensed by the whole episode.


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