Danse Macabre: Fury Embarrasses Klitschko

By Robert Ecksel on November 28, 2015
Danse Macabre: Fury Embarrasses Klitschko
It was the biggest upset in the heavyweight division since Tyson got iced in Tokyo. (AP)

Tyson Fury, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, United Kingdom, won a unanimous decision over Wladimir Klitschko, the sleepwalker from Kiev, Ukraine…

Saturday night at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs), from Wilmslow, Cheshire, United Kingdom, won a unanimous decision over Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs), the sleepwalker from Kiev, Ukraine, by way of Zhangiztobe, Kazakhstan, to win the WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO titles.

The final scores were 116-111 and 115-112 twice for the new heavyweight champion of the world.

Fighting out of the blue corner in green trunks, Fury entered the ring with a game plan in mind. He was going to use his legs. He was going to use the ring. He was going to feint and move his head. And last but not least, Tyson Fury was going to punch.

Klitschko, fighting out of the red corner in red trunks, did none of those things. If he had a game plan it was incoherent. He has been accused of being robotic in the past, but even artificial intelligence would have been preferable to what Klitschko demonstrated, or failed to demonstrate Saturday night.

Pride, decorum, and competency have been the hallmarks of Klitschko’s reign. Pride and decorum, fortunately, didn’t take a hit in Düsseldorf, but competency took it on the chin—and big time.

Klitschko, a reluctant warrior in the best of times, seemed unable or unwilling to let his hands go. Fury is not an exceptional talent, but against Klitschko he looked like Cassius Clay fighting Sonny Liston. Both Klitschko and Liston were cut on their left cheek, but at least Liston tried to fight back.

The same cannot be said of Klitschko.

To call his performance abysmal gives it more credit than it deserves. Caution is one thing. Absolute terror of getting hit is another.

Klitschko’s unwillingness to fight made this the ultimate stinkeroo. He didn’t punch from the outside. He didn’t punch on the inside. He clinched and grabbed and held whenever Fury got close. That strategy may have worked in the past, but it failed miserably in the present, and there’s no one else but to blame but himself.

Listening to Johnathan Banks pleading with Klitschko for round after interminable round to do something, to do anything, to fight goddammit, grew as wearisome as watching Klitschko do whatever it was he imagined he was doing.

Banks, however earnest, however desperate, might have been talking to a tree or cloud for all the good it did.

All of Klitschko’s worst traits came to bear on the decision. Fury may have embarrassed Klitschko, but it was Klitschko who embarrassed himself most of all.

Those who think Klitschko compares to the great heavyweights of the past need to think again. He has been a dominant figure, in the weakest heavyweight division in history, and excelled when going up against lesser men. Tyson Fury was thought to be a lesser man, but Klitschko proved him otherwise.

Because of a rematch clause, we can expect Fury and Klitschko to fight again.

“There will be a rematch,” said Klitschko after the fight. “It is still early and I have to process things but there will definitely be a rematch.”

That might be good news, especially for Tyson Fury, who will likely win again, but not such good news for the fans.

Klitschko landed all of 52 punches during the 12-round fight. Fury landed 86.

“I was well prepared for this fight,” Klitschko continued, “but he was quick for his height. I never believed he would do it but he did. I was lacking speed and he was quick. I just could not find the right distance. His reach bothered me. I tried it but it just did not happen.”

It did not happen because Klitschko did not make it happen. He did not win the fight because he simply would not fight.

Fury, of course, was over the moon at his victory.

After proclaiming his allegiance to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Fury said, “Tonight’s the start of a new era. I said I’ll be the most charismatic champion since Muhammad Ali and I’ll be that. It was a tough ask coming here. He’s avoided me for five years. People can say what they want about me. He landed some good shots on me and not one rocked me. He was hanging on for dear life in that fight.”

Fury got that right. Hanging on for dear life was exactly was Klitschko was doing. Unless he can change his temperament, which is hard to imagine, Klitschko’s salad days are at an end.

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  1. tuxtucis 01:17am, 12/01/2015

    I’m half road: I agree with “modernists” when they say today’s giants would have defeated yesterday’s cruisers, I agree with “nostalgics” when they say champions of the past were better boxers and greater champions. The fact Tyson Fury would beat the 5’10/180 lbs Marciano (although probably Marciano today would weigh 205-210 lbs) means not is a greater champ. Do you know who’s Sidhni Hoxha? He’s an Albanian swimmer who arrived 38th at 2012 London 100 m free style with 51’11”; Mark Spitz won 1972 100 m freestyle with 51’22”, 11” worse. That means Hoxha would beat the 1972 Mark Spitz ? Probably, although a Mark Spitz trained today would be much stronger than he was in 1972. Is Sidnhi Hoxha a greater swimmer than Spitz? Only to pose the question is a blasphemy.

  2. Clarence George 10:43pm, 11/30/2015

    All respect and affection, Nicolas, but I just don’t agree.  Yes, I generally much prefer the old to the new, but I won’t hesitate to acknowledge talent when I see it.  Golovkin, for instance.  I don’t see much of it in Klitschko and not at all in Fury, who comes across (at least in the ring) as very uncomfortable in his own skin.  And I’m not overly impressed by their height.  It’s a factor, I agree, but insufficient in and of itself.  I don’t see Louis or Ali having much trouble with Klitschko and pretty much none with Fury.  In a wrestling match, yes, but not when it comes to boxing.

  3. nicolas 08:38pm, 11/30/2015

    Clarence my friend. Tyson Fury talentless? Give me a break please, the man is now heavyweight champion of the world. Defeated a man, though I say past his best years,who held the title for nine years, and defended every year, unlike Louis, who really did not defend it for four years due to WWII. Any man, who becomes heavyweight champ of the world is not talentless, and that includes the like of Leon Spinks, or Primo Carrera. I am nearly 60, and I believe older than you,  don’t be like those cynics of the past, who in the late 1910’s, dismissed Jack Johnson because he did not fight the likes of Corbett. Fitzsimons or Jeffries in there prime. Or the 1940’s when boxing writers like Nat Fleischer felt that the fighters of that decade would not stand a chance against the fighters of the earlier part of the century. How about Fleischer, when he would not even have Muhammad Ali in his top ten all time heavyweights, feeling that someone like Jim Corbett or Bob Fitzimmons would have beaten him. Perhaps a Louis and Ali would have beaten a Fury or Klitschko, but I don’t think it would have been a very easy fight for any of them. Let us see where Tyson Fury goes on from here before we dismiss him. He certainly is the tallest Lineal heavyweight champ of all time, as I also don’t consider Valuev a true world heavyweight champ.

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 02:11pm, 11/30/2015

    I found it! This is the thread where we take turns shitting on Klitschko’s grave!

  5. FrankinDallas 10:41am, 11/30/2015

    I’ll be back in a couple years when all the old farts that post on here
    are up in heaven with Joe Gans. Or more likely in hell with their beloved
    Harry Greb.

  6. tuxtucis 10:27am, 11/30/2015

    @Eric: I agree with you that boxing is changed and that physical factor has become increasingly more important in last 40 years. About Foster you’ve anyway to think he always preferred to be the light heavy champ and never became a real heavyweight: if he would have improved his body as Michael Spinks did 15 years after him, maybe it could have been different. What you consider not is that today Louis, Dempsey, Marciano would improve their bodies exactly how M. Spinks, Moorer, Holyfield and Haye did and they would be at least 20 pounds heavier than they were. If the prime 6’2 Sam Peter floored three times W. Klitschko, are you sure a modern 6’1 220 lbs Joe Louis could not ko him?

  7. Eric 10:13am, 11/30/2015

    Let’s not forget that it wasn’t a 6’2” 210lb fighter that dethroned Klitschko but a huge 6’9” modern day heavyweight who finally did the job.

  8. Eric 08:18am, 11/30/2015

    IF the ideal size for a heavyweight fighter is in the 6’-6’2” range while weighing 190-210lbs then why in the hell aren’t these guys fighting and capturing the heavyweight title today????????? The cruiserweight division was invented for a reason in 1979. Look at Bob Foster as an example. Foster’s power and strength ( remarkably strong at 175lbs despite his skinny physique) was just too much for the other 175lbers. However, when Foster hit Frazier with those same shots that destroyed light heavyweights, Frazier didn’t even blink. A 5’10” 185lb Marciano destroying either Klit brother and not breaking a sweat is laughable. hehe. Marciano was the same size as Bobby Czyz while Czyz held the cruiserweight title. Look at the Dempsey-Willard fight? Dempsey threw those wild punches while leaving himself wide open. The Max Baer-Primo Carnera fight looks like two oversized school boys fighting. It’s hard to believe Baer even has any boxing training at all.

  9. tuxtucis 07:27am, 11/30/2015

    After the Pulev fight I started to rank Wlad behind Vitali. After I’m back to my old idea that Vitali was stronger. Although he fought less than his brother and had a shorter reign, I think he was more rugged. Wladimir would never accepted to exchange punches with the powerpuncher Lewis as Vitali did (and simply never matched a man of the Lewis magnitude). Vitali destroyed Sanders who kayoed Wlad and has won a prime Sam Peter in a far more dominating way than his brother. Don’t mind too much to the Chris Byrd loss: till the retirement for injury he won all rounds against a best version of Byrd than the one matched by Wlad.

  10. Tom 07:14am, 11/30/2015

    Fury is not everyone’s cup of tea (even in Britain) but the refusal to give him any credit for his win is ludicrous. Well done Tyson.

  11. Tommy Odemwingie 07:02am, 11/30/2015

    I wonder how neither Jeff Weston (November 23, 2015) nor Robert Ecksel (November 28, 2015) gave Tyson Fury any chance of upsetting Wladimir Klitschko.

    Tyson has brought spark into the heavyweight boxing scene. The Klitschkos were indeed boring!

  12. Clarence George 04:52am, 11/30/2015

    Mike Silver hits the nail squarely on the head, as do others, particularly Mike Casey and Jim.

    That someone as talentless as Tyson Fury is heavyweight champ speaks volumes about the division in particular and boxing in general—and nothing good.  The Brits are very defensive about him, but that’s just tribalism.  Personally, it’s OK with me to have a furriner as champ—it’s this particular furriner’s total lack of quality that I find dismaying and objectionable.  On the one hand, deplorable; on the other, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for me to continue working up a whole lot of lather over the long-standing disintegration of what had once been the King of Divisions and the true Sport of Kings.

    As for those who think the champs of the past, so-called cruiserweights, would be destroyed by Klitschko…well, it’s difficult to find words.  The “bigger guy wins” reaction is knee-jerk and thoughtless.  Height and overall size are factors, sure, but there’s much more to it than that.  Klitschko is woefully too robotic, slow, and lacking in skill to have the slightest chance against, say, Joe Louis, who would pummel him at will.  The Ukrainian’s clinching, holding, and draping may be effective against other (albeit somewhat lesser) ponderous slabs, but couldn’t even be put into “action” against someone of the ring genius, speed, and power of the aptly monikered “Bomber.”

    Most of the commenters who have expressed the contrary opinion have done so with civility, however vigorously.  Only one has hinted that those who have the temerity to disagree are somehow cretinous.  But it’s those who resort to such tactics who are the true cretins.

  13. nicolas 02:05am, 11/30/2015

    I was one of the very few people who felt that Fury was going to win this title.  I felt that Wlad if he was going to win, would win by a controversial decision, and Fury expressed that concern at the press conference. Remember also that Fury also only won unanimously 8 of the 12 rounds, Wlad I think one. What if the other seven rounds, if Wlad had won five of them, he then would have won the fight by a point or so. Wlad is past his best years, he is probably the oldest man ever to lose the heavyweight title, older than Jersey Joe Walcott. I don’t count Foreman’s loss to Briggs. For me the fight with Jennings was a clear indicator of the deterioration of Wlad Klitschko. The 9th through 11th rounds of that fight he just seemed confused,unsure of himself against a man with very little boxing background, and much smaller. Now he was fighting a man bigger than him, and of all the bigger men that Wlad had fought, a bigger man far greater in talent than any of the other fighters he had fought who were bigger. In no way was this the biggest upset in the heavyweight division since Tyson’s loss to Douglas. I would have Rachman’s win over Lewis ahead of this one.

  14. tuxtucis 12:10am, 11/30/2015

    Mike Silver had a good point. Me too I thought Carnera, a boxer nobody think is a top 20 all-time heavy, would defeat easily all the Wlad’s opponents. Do you really think the Ambling Alp would have not defeated Leapai, Mormeck or Ibragimov? I can have doubts only about Haye and Povetkin, and even there, I think Carnera was a more accomplished heavyweight.

  15. Mike Silver 06:22pm, 11/29/2015

    Mike Casey and Jim Crue of course you are absolutely right. We are wasting our breath trying to talk sense into people who haven’t a clue. Some of the other comments here are so absurd I wonder if they are actually a put on. This bum Fury who cannot even throw a correct punch being called a “heavyweight champion” makes me want to vomit. He might as well have been fighting a sand bag. What has happened to our sport? What a friggin’ joke. Years ago I said Primo Carnera would beat both K bros. and I still believe that. On heart and guts alone he wins. Dempsey and Marciano would not even work up a sweat. It would be a legal mugging and would be decided with the first punch they landed. No more comments from me.

  16. GlennR 01:00pm, 11/29/2015

    Im no WK hater but its all about size.
    Facts are;
    - He is basically always bigger than his opponents
    - The HW division has been very weak for the last decade.
    - He gets away with murder leaning all over shorter opponents (the Povetkin fight was a disgrace, how he didnt lose points is beyond me)
    - When he cant lean all over his opponent, as per Fury, and the other guy can box and move, as per Fury, he looks pretty bloody ordinary

    Having said that, congrats on a great career Wlad, but im glad to see you gone (hopefully)

  17. tuxtucis 12:23pm, 11/29/2015

    @Eric: i like Wlad as person, I think he is an underrated boxer with skills but helpful to use his great physical gifts; I think he has a good jab, a terrific right hand and an underrated left hook. I hoped he would have won to increase his legacy. Alas, in front of a new problem, a taller foe with good punch, he failed to solve: if you add to that, he was stopped three times earlier in his career, I fear his legacy will be not the same height of the 13-14 greatest heavies of all time. About the age factor, I don’t think it was so important: Wlad is a late bloomer and his performance vs Pulev, only an year ago, was one of his best. I agree with you it’s not a good idea to rank boxers o, different eras: but even between the heavies of last 30 years, I would rate him after Tyson, Lewis, Bowe, Holyfield and Vitali.

  18. Koolz 12:08pm, 11/29/2015

    your age is in your mind, your mind is your body, put your mind where you body is, and that is what you will be…First your mind comes then fist, etc.

    40 should be like the twenties.  30 should be no different.

    Wlad lost because he wouldn’t take that extra step in getting hit hard.

    Fury had amazing movement and really played Wlad well by messing up his timing, making him not be able to throw, and playing to the clinch game.

    Fury is pretty damn Good!
    I was never in doubt Fury would lose this fight what shocked me is just how pathetic Wlad looked.  He didn’t even change his plan in the fight at all.  Didn’t listen to his corner and never really took the leap to make it happen.(Strange)

    Now time for a new King!  The Gypsy King! 
    For told at Birth as Tyson to Upset the World Champion and take his crown!

  19. The Tache 10:19am, 11/29/2015

    Well, I for one am shocked. I’ve never rated Klitschko that highly but then I never rated Fury that highly either. I really couldn’t see Fury winning though.
    I guess David Haye will be hoping that Fury will take the money rather than keep his previous word about never fighting Haye, after Haye pulled out of their fight.
    I think I would like to see Fury v Wilder, if nothing else it may unify the titles again at last.

  20. Eric 08:46am, 11/29/2015

    tuxtucis… I have Lewis, and both Klits in my top 10 list. In a P4P rating, I wouldn’t rate them above the legendary smaller “heavyweights” like Marciano or Louis but size is an attribute in a division with no weight limits. Lewis, the Klits and fighters like Fury would be quite a load for a guy like Marciano to handle.

  21. tuxtucis 08:35am, 11/29/2015

    @eric: I ve no problem to put the Klitschkos between the 10 strongest heavies of all time.  I don’ t see at all the Klitschkos in the 10 Greatest heavies of all time.

  22. Eric 08:29am, 11/29/2015

    Go back and watch Ali-Spinks I and watch the amount of holding in that fight by Ali. Ali was 36 years old at the time, and Spinks had all of 7 professional fights, his biggest fights being a draw with Scott Ledoux and a win over one Alfio Righetti. Spinks beat Ali from pillar to post in that bout and somehow was only awarded the title through a split decision. Spinks was an undersized heavyweight who weighed 197lbs the night he beat the GOAT. Can you imagine a 36 or even a 39 year old Wlad losing a fight with a 7 fight neophyte who didn’t even weigh 200lbs? Sorry but as much as I admire Marciano, (he’s my favorite fighter) Rocky’s list of opponents leading up to the title are underwhelming. Hard to imagine any of Rocky’s opponents having a shot at beating Wlad. Wlad would have simply been too big for Rocky. Dempsey or Louis? The only thing Wlad or Vitali had in common with lumbering giants like Abe Simon, Carnera or Willard was their size, no comparison in terms of skill, athletic prowess, etc. Wlad and his brother Vitali are definitely top 10 material, if not top 5-6.

  23. tuxtucis 06:42am, 11/29/2015

    @Jethro: I’m not illiterate…I’m Italian and I write in English but not so well…I’m Italian, but at least I have a brain.

  24. Mike Casey 06:13am, 11/29/2015

    Then remove those notifications and watch the football, Jethro - you’ll soon feel better.

  25. Jethro's Flute 05:58am, 11/29/2015

    “The modernists tell me that a 190-pound Jack Dempsey wouldn’t even get near a 250-pound Klitschko. That laughable statement in itself betrays their total ignorance of Dempsey’s speed, skill, explosive power and cunning boxing mind. “

    The obvious disregard for the rules of boxing is apparent with this load of rubbish.

    190 pound Jack Dempsey would not have been allowed to fight at heavyweight, after 1979.

    Also, Jack Dempsey was not faster than today’s cruiserweights, the best of whom were snacked on by Wlad.

  26. Jethro's Flute 05:55am, 11/29/2015


    Mike Casey basically says that it only counts when Wlad loses, not when he wins.

    Why this is not the case for every other fighter that has ever lived is the false premise behind his idiotic column.

  27. Jethro's Flute 05:53am, 11/29/2015

    “Does anyone seriously believe Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster would have knocked out Dempsey, Louis, Marciano, Liston, Foreman or Ali?”

    Two cruiserweights in there.

    One other fighter was a well-documented bully who can be seen wetting himself before he lost to Muhammad Ali.

    Joe Louis was indeed a great fighter, it has to be said, but he was knocked out by two cruiserweights as well. Since you have chosen to goalpost-shift, I use your own goalposts against you.

    Foreman? Indeed a great fighter but does anyone who was knocked down by Jimmy Young have a hope in hell of surviving the punches of Wlad or Vitali?

    Yet again, all you have done is prove my point with your total ignorance of boxing.

    Removing notifications from this thread as I cannot stand dishonesty.

  28. Jethro's Flute 05:49am, 11/29/2015

    Jim Crue - Marciano could not have knocked out Tyson Fury inside 5 rounds because he was not a heavyweight, by modern rules.

    Marciano would have been a cruiserweight after 1979, something you evade.

    Joe Frazier fought his entire career blind in one eye. He would not have been allowed to fight Tyson Fury or anyone else.

    Mike Tyson? Maybe he would have beaten Tyson Fury quickly but not at 39, he would not have.

    Clearly, the elementary rules of boxing are totally and utterly beyond you and you are not open to reason at all.

    I do not need to waste my time with people who do not understand the rules of boxing and who speak in myths and cliches.

  29. Jethro's Flute 05:45am, 11/29/2015

    Tuxtucis - I know this is not his first loss.

    If you had actually read my post, you would have seen that I knew this was not his first loss.

    Once again, you prove my point and reinforce it by showing that words have no meaning to you.

    I do not waste my time with illiterates.

  30. Mike Casey 05:28am, 11/29/2015

    Well said, Jim Crue. Two years ago - almost to the day - I wrote this article, which Wlad’s disciples found highly amusing. So not in the least am I being wise after the event:

  31. Jim Crue 05:18am, 11/29/2015

    if Klitch lost because he had disadvantage in reach and height then Marciano, Frazier and Tyson would have never won a fight and Primo Carnerra would have won all of his.Thats an absurd statement. The aforementioned fighters would KO Fury in less than 5 rounds. They would do the same with Klitch. Klitch is robotic and while a very well conditioned guy he has no agility or athleticism. Fury would not stand still for him and feinted and had decent footwork. None of which Klitch has or does. Watch the fight again. Klitch is so afraid of being hit even when going forward he fights off his back foot. With other opponents given his size advange and strength he was able to hurt them.
    Can’t compare Ali v Berbeck to this fight. Ali had obvious brain damage going into that fight, watch the pre fight interviews, he was slurring his words, and he was in terrible physical condition.
    Was age a factor? Probably but Klitch was exposed.
    As a fan of over 60 years In my opinion the HW division has hit an all time low. Fury cannot lose this title fast enough

  32. tuxtucis 05:17am, 11/29/2015

    @Jethro’s Flute: are you joking? Do you’ve read what I’ve written? The one vs. Fury is not the first Wlad loss…You can’t tell he was a past prime 39 years boxer vs a 27 prime foe, and at the same time not to remember at the same age of Fury, Wlad was kayoed by Brewster and Sanders. The problem, with Wlad, is the in all his career he was paralyzed by the fear of punches, at 21 as 39. It was easy for him to solve this problem for years, cause he had a big physical advantage vs. the only two good punchers he met (Haye and Povetkin), but it showed he can’t solve the problem with the 6’9 Fury. I don’t think at 30 or 35 it would have been much different.

  33. Jethro's Flute 04:57am, 11/29/2015

    ” Eric 06:53pm, 11/28/2015

    Haven’t seen the fight but let’s not forget that Wlad is nearly 40 years old here fighting a man in his absolute physical prime. Remember the Ali-Berbick fight when Ali was pushing 40 years of age? How about the 37 year old version of Joe Louis? Does this mean that The Cannon will be trolling Fury now? I want a Briggs-Fury fight, imagine the drama leading up to the fight. Let’s Go Champ. hehe.”

    Very well said, mate.

  34. Jethro's Flute 04:52am, 11/29/2015

    “Those who think Klitschko compares to the great heavyweights of the past need to think again” - those who write off his entire career based on this performance are a joke.

  35. Jethro's Flute 04:51am, 11/29/2015

      tuxtucis - boiled down, what you are saying is that Wladimir Klitschko’s wins do not count and only his losses.

    It matters not that Wlad learned from his defeats and improved afterward, going unbeaten for years, it only matters that he lost at the age of 39.

    What a load of goal-post shifting drivel.

  36. Jake 02:02am, 11/29/2015

    Yeah, I always thought Wlad was somewhat overrated and champion in a fairly average era but we’ve got to give Fury a lot of credit. He used his speed and movement and fought the right fight from his point of view.

  37. tuxtucis 01:58am, 11/29/2015

    Some said it was the age factor: Fury is 27, Klitschko 39. There something true that…alas Klitschko was kayoed by the likes of Sanders and Brewster when he was 26 and 27 ...Sanders and Brewster, not Liston and Foreman…I think he hardly can be put in an all time top 20…

  38. Mike Casey 01:54am, 11/29/2015

    Well done, Tyson Fury. He was my pick earlier this week here on Boxing.com because I believed that he would get into Wlad’s head, mess him up and outlast him. The always limited and robotic Klitschko had grown accustomed to dominating and controlling smaller opponents of little imagination who never believed they could beat him. Good grief, it’s not as if Fury won the fight because he’s an exceptional talent. It was yet another dreary waltz of the modern era between two huge men whose size was the only really intimidating thing about them. Klitschko was hesitant, unable to figure out a fairly simple puzzle. Fury often slapped instead of punching correctly and with full force. There were no fireworks and very little skill Ah, but wait a minute, I’ve just thought of a classic excuse - age suddenly caught up with Wlad! Nobody was concerned about his age before the fight, but it’ll do nicely now! When are people going to get over this ‘size’ nonsense and actually look at what today’s heavyweights have in terms of true substance? Klitschko a ‘legend’ as one reader claims here? Only a legend created by blind and/or stubborn fools.

  39. tuxtucis 01:34am, 11/29/2015

    Now all the people who said Wlad was an all-time top-10 heavyweight, should have the good taste to not talk about boxing for almost an year. Maybe even not a top 20.

  40. AkT 12:39am, 11/29/2015

    Bok, you must know very little about boxing writers. Do your homework mate. Robert is one of the very best writers boxing has out there.

    Secondly, he opined on Klitschko’s extended dominance being due to a weak heavyweight division. I agree with him. He is a good boxer. But his had always been an advantage until tonight. He met another good boxer with a similar size. Tyson Fury. Tyson just happened to have a lot more in his Arsenal plus tonnes more heart.

    Damn! I knew Tyson was going to do it (I knew he wouldn’t ko Klitschko but I NEVER thought he’d get a decision in Germany) and should have put down a wager. Can’t believe the bookies put in as high as 4-1 after they saw Klitschko’s last outing against Jennings. I’d say Klitschko is definitely declining in form and should probably call it a day. But that’s very unlikely. We’ll see a rematch and the results will be the same.

  41. bok 11:57pm, 11/28/2015

    this author is a garbage..you dump all klitscko achievement in this fight? well he is a legend whatever happens he is 40 years old fury is 25..but even with that advantages he never knockout the man..again i will say this this kind of author is a garbage..pwee.

  42. BDJr 10:22pm, 11/28/2015

    “It did not happen because Klitschko did not make it happen. He did not win the fight because he simply would not fight.” You make it sound like Klitschko had no intention of winning the fight. Of course he had every intention to win but he just couldn’t pull the trigger. Why? It’s called “old age”. He is almost 40 years old while Fury is a young, at his prime 27. Fury had the longer reach at 85 inches compared to Klitschko’s 81. Fury was taller at 6’ 9” compared to Klitschko’s 6’ 6”. Plus, Fury was quicker and had the stamina to continue this quick tempo into the 12th round. As Klitschko said about the fight “I felt quite comfortable in the first six rounds, but I was astonished that Tyson was so fast in the second half as well. I couldn’t throw my right hand because the advantage was the longer distance he had.” Klitschko tried to win this fight but he simply couldn’t do it due to Fury’s advantages in height, reach, stamina and youth. Stop making it sound like Klitschko didn’t want to win. He wanted to win but he just couldn’t do it. Call it old age. He may retire if he loses the rematch.

  43. Ian Sherman 07:23pm, 11/28/2015

    fury is 25 year old giant, Strong, deceptive, Who just proved to the world he can fight. Wilder will be challenge for the heavyweight champion of the world.

  44. Eric 06:53pm, 11/28/2015

    Haven’t seen the fight but let’s not forget that Wlad is nearly 40 years old here fighting a man in his absolute physical prime. Remember the Ali-Berbick fight when Ali was pushing 40 years of age? How about the 37 year old version of Joe Louis? Does this mean that The Cannon will be trolling Fury now? I want a Briggs-Fury fight, imagine the drama leading up to the fight. Let’s Go Champ. hehe.

  45. Aztec Warrior 06:42pm, 11/28/2015

    I recorded this fight. Now when I have insomnia, I can push play and I’ll be out like a light. What a snoozer!

  46. raxman 05:35pm, 11/28/2015

    thank you Tyson Fury - 10-1 by decision on the Australian books. Put my December mortgage payment on and now, thanks to team Fury, have it covered til October next year!!!
    wasn’t able to get the fight down here but followed the RBR’s - for mine it was an obvious choice as Klitschko’s entire ring career has been based on being the bigger guy in the ring. I don’t know how this fight played out but having 5 inches of reach disadvantage was bound to bamboozle Dr Steelhammer.

  47. Clarence George 05:20pm, 11/28/2015

    I didn’t see the fight, but I’m nevertheless stunned.  I never had a high opinion of Klitschko, but how could he possibly lose the Heavyweight Championship of the World to Tyson Fury?  I mean, Tyson Fury?!  There’s a paradox at play here, at least for me.  On the one hand, this is a seismic event in boxing; on the other, I just don’t care.  I’m glad, though, that there’ll be no more comparing (anyway, there shouldn’t be) Klitschko with Joe Louis, which was always grotesque.

  48. Koolz 05:02pm, 11/28/2015

    Darell I believe by the fifth Round Wlad threw something on the order of sixteen punches total for Five Rounds!  But that’s not the Best Part…no the best is that Wlad threw a total of four body shots in the whole fight(four)

    Four body shots when he is corning was telling him to go to the body during the fight.

    Fury deserved the win he made Wlad not fight.  He had great faints and danced all over tapping the Champ. 

    Please don’t let there be a rematch!!!!!

  49. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 04:47pm, 11/28/2015

    More PBC shit fights….at least they had more shit fights in the hopper to cover the dead air time….something like seven fights….all shitty.

  50. andrew 04:31pm, 11/28/2015

    This non-fight broke all the important records: least punches thrown and landed; most clinches and rabbit punches.

  51. Darrell 04:15pm, 11/28/2015

    Didn’t get to watch, at church, and glad I didn’t watch.  Here’s hoping Fury is dethroned very quickly.  I can’t stand he is now champ…..Wlad may have been boring but Fury has no dignity and will turn the heavyweight championship into a WWE-style “event”.

  52. Koolz 03:52pm, 11/28/2015

    If you were unfortunate to watch this like I did then you probably realized Fury had won after the fifth round! 

    to many things can be said about the poor boxing in this match but also about Fury’s Game plan which worked! 

    Now Povetkin can Rule on Top!  Haye will come back and take the crown.

    Heavy weight Division will become exciting!  Fury will lose to Povetkin.

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