Tyson Fury wasn’t short on words in the days and weeks leading up to his heavily touted match with WBC Champ Waldimir Klitschko. The Irish boxer certainly backed them up with his stunning victory over the Ukrainan heavyweight.
As reported by The Orange County Register prior to the bout, Fury boasted for some time that he was the man to end Klitschko’s reign at the top.
“There’s nothing he does that makes me afraid,” Fury said in the final news conference from Germany on Tuesday. “There are so many things he doesn’t do very well.”
Fury also was concerned he’d never get the chance to back up his tough talk. The fight was originally set for late October, but was postponed after Klitschko suffered an injury in training. However, Wladamir recovered in time to face Tyson in the ring after all, something Fury could not have been happier about.
“I didn’t believe this fight was going to happen for a long, long time and he’s proved me wrong. I’m coming and I’m coming really fast for you.”
And that he did. As reported by The New York Times, Tyson Fury ended Wladimir Klitschko’s heavyweight reign by unanimous decision Saturday night. The win not only ended Klitschko’s 11 year unbeaten streak, but it also fulfilled the prophecy Tyson’s father predicted the day Fury was born.
“Born three months early and weighing just one pound (.45 kg), Fury wasn’t given much chance to live, but John Fury told doctors it was his destiny to live and become heavyweight champion of the world. He named the second of his six sons Tyson, after Mike Tyson.”
The fight itself was closer than what it appeared with both fighters mauling each other. As The Guardian points out however, “the crisper, cleaner work was done by Fury, who deservedly took a unanimous decision 115-112, 115-112, 116‑111.”
The article also marveled at how Fury went out of his way to disrupt the 39-year old Klitscho before the two ever set foot in the ring. Earlier in the day Tyson complained that the canvas in the ring was too soft with his agent calling it a safety hazard. Klitschko’s camp agreed to remove one of the three layers of foam beneath the canvas to Fury’s liking and the fight was back on.
Thirty minutes prior to the fight however, Tyson’s camp again went on the offensive complaining that Wladimir had put on his hand wraps without any supervision from his opponents camp. This they deemed was cause to pull out yet again until Klitschko re-wrapped his hands. For someone who boasted for weeks leading up to the fight, to the naked eye, it would appear that Tyson Fury was trying to find any reason not to actually fight at all.
But, The Guardian points out that this was all a calculated strategy to throw Klitschko off his game.
“There was a definite strategy here. Klitschko is a self-confessed control freak; so Fury was trying to rattle him out of his rhythm. And it was clearly working. The second round followed a similar pattern as the first, with Klitschko stalking but rarely connecting. Fury, while hardly throwing leather, connected with a chopping right before catching Klitschko coming off the ropes with another straight.”
In the end, Fury reigned supreme and became the first ever Irish heavyweight champion of the world. He then belted out Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” to his wife, Paris, who was seated ringside. From the reaction across the Internet, it’s clear Tyson doesn’t have much of a future as a recording artist. He’ll instead have to settle for being World Heavyweight Champion after backing up his father’s prophecy and defeating Wladamir Klitschko.