There was no way Wladimir Klitschko was expected to lose his heavyweight championship to the ungainly Tyson Fury. The man hasn’t lost a fight in nine years. He’s a giant (6’6”) who uses his size to push, hold, and punch. In his previous 18 title defenses, no one has came close to defeating him.
Enter amateur singer and Batman impersonator Tyson Fury. The 27-year-old Brit was a 5-1 underdog on fight night. He’s a big guy too, allegedly three inches taller than Klitschko. Fury had been knocked on his back by Steve Cunningham a few years ago. The thinking was that as soon Klitschko tapped Fury’s chin, the giant would crumble.
Klitschko had no answers. Fury didn’t do much offensively in the opening rounds, but his movement kept Klitschko confused and off-balance. In Rounds two and three, he connected with a few long lefts--while Klitschko watched.
Whatever Fury lacks in talent--he makes up for in confidence. And he can box. He’s a better fighter than he was a few years ago. As the fight progressed his boldness grew-while Klitschko remained overly cautious.