Tyson Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko via a unanimous decision to end the Ukrainian boxing champion’s nine-and-a-half year reign as heavyweight champion on Saturday and take his WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles.
Judges, Cesar Ramos and Raul Caiz Sr. scored the bout 115-112 each, while Ramon Cerdan had it 116-111 in favor of the undefeated Briton (25-0, 18 KO).
Fury, 12 years younger than the 39-year-old part-time Hollywood resident Klitschko, taunted and baited the champion at various stages, prompting jeers from fans at the 55,000-seat soccer stadium in Duesseldorf, Germany.
Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO) was cautious until attempting a recovery in the final rounds, but suffered his first defeat since April 2004.
It was Klitschko’s 28th title fight, but the premier heavyweight of this era relinquished the IBF belt he had held since 2006, the WBO title he’d owned since 2008, and the WBA crown he’d had since 2011.