British boxer Tyson Fury has upset the odds by outpointing Wladimir Klitschko to become heavyweight boxing champion of the world.
In a dour and messy fight, which never threatened to produce a knock-our, the superior boxing skills of the 27-year-old Manchester fighter gave him a well deserved victory, bringing to an end the Ukranian’s nine-year reign as world champion.
Klitschko just couldn’t work the challenger out and did not do enough to beat Fury who was awarded the fight 115-112, 115-112, 116-111 on the judges’ scorecards, making him the new WBA, IBF and WBO champion.
Fury’s win makes him only Britain’s fifth bona fide heavyweight world champion after Bob Fitzsimmons, Lennox Lewis, Frank Bruno and David Haye.
“You’re a great champion Wlad, thanks very much for having me.” – Tyson Fury
Following his victory, Fury delighted the British fans in the 50,000-capacity Esprit Arena by bursting into a rendition of Aerosmith’s hit ballad I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing, which he dedicated it to his wife and his fans worldwide and back home in the UK.