In a shocking heavyweight decision, undefeated Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KO’s) defeated now former World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO’s). What ultimately matters is that at the end of 12 largely execrable rounds, Klitschko who was cut and bloodied on both cheeks, had suffered his first defeat in 11 years. And Tyson Fury, and this cannot be repeated often enough, because repetition is surely the fastest way to reach acceptance, was the heavyweight champion of the world. Klitschko was tentative throughout each round and appeared to have no answer to Fury’s constant moving and was unwilling to commit himself to any series of punches. His jabs rarely scored, his tough right hand was hesitant and rarely landed on target and his left hook was nowhere to be seen. Fury’s constant dancing helped him defeat the world champion on every judges scorecard to take all those belts away from Klitschko.
“Fury was a tad better. We need to analyze it, but Wladimir will come back much stronger” Vitali said via Fightnews.com. “Wladimir waited far too long. You must be active, risk more in the infighting. Tyson is just a good boxer. He has an unorthodox style and Wladimir didn’t do his homework.”
“I came here to Germany, to the lion’s den, to take on a great champ,” said an emotional Fury afterward. “This is a dream come true. We’ve worked so hard for this. We’ve put everything into this and I can’t believe I’ve got it.”
There is a rematch clause in the contract, and Wladimir has already made it clear that he wants to fight again. Fury has already said that it does not matter where they fight, but he will win again with ease. This story line will be one to follow for the next few months as I’m sure negotiations will be underway shortly!
In a great display of power punching, undefeated knockout artist Errol Spence Jr. (19-0, 16 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact with a 5th round knockout over the tough Alejandro Barrera (28-2, 18 KOs) in welterweight action on Saturday on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. Barrera landed some nice punches occasionally in each round, however, Spence was landing some powerful punches that seemed to rattle Barrera. By the 4th round, Barrera was just trying to avoid getting hit, and rarely landed any punches. Once Spence focused on his body, Barrera’s fate was sealed and Spence walked away with 5th round knockout.
“I’m in the top 10 in the IBF,” Spence said after the fight. “I want the big names. I want to fight Kell Brook, Shawn Porter or Keith Thurman.”