Boxing – Briton Fury beats world heavyweight champion Klitschko

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Boxing – Briton Fury beats world heavyweight champion Klitschko

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Tyson Fury causes a huge boxing upset, stunning Wladimir Klitschko with a points victory to snatch the champion’s four titles and become the first Briton to hold a world heavyweight crown since 2011.

SHOWS: DUESSELDORF, GERMANY (NOVEMBER 29, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. VARIOUS OF TYSON FURY ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE, FOLLOWED BY DEFEATED WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO / KLITSCHKO SHAKING HANDS WITH FURY AND FURY’S STAFF

2. KLITSCHKO LOOKING ON

3. FURY LOOKING ON

4. CAMERA CREWS

5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BOXER, WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO, SAYING:

“Today was a good night, not a good night for me, to win this fight. I wish there had been more clean shots that I could land. I couldn’t find the right distance to land those shots. Tyson was quick with his hands and his body movement and his head movement. I couldn’t land the right punches. I congratulated him tonight. He won the fight. And to be continued, how this will be continued, that’s going to be set.”

6. WIDE OF PODIUM

7. (SOUNDBITE) (German) BOXER, WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO, SAYING:

“It is of course a bit out of the ordinary, different from other times, to be in the position of someone else, not the winner. This is part of sports and I learned this early on. There are hardly any exceptions in sports unless your name is maybe Floyd Mayweather. I have to get over it. Of course I am disappointed that things did not work out the way I wanted them to. But as I said, to be continued and that’s what counts.”

8. TYSON FURY’S BELT AND NAME TAG / FURY LOOKING ON

9. WIDE OF PODIUM

10. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BOXER, TYSON FURY, SAYING:

“Congratulations to Wladimir and his team. They put up a really good fight tonight. I found him quite awkward to land clean on, as he did me. He caught me with some good shots so credit to him. I’m a young, big, fast heavyweight so congratulations to Wlad because he landed some great punches on me tonight. But tonight just wasn’t his night and it was my night. God gave me the victory tonight so I hope to have many more defences of these titles in the future and if I could just say one thing: if I could be half as good a champion as Wladimir Klitschko I’d be very, very happy.”

11. KLITSCHKO IN PHOTOGRAPHER’S VIEWFINDER

12. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BOXER, TYSON FURY, SAYING:

“Just all the hard work has been rewarded with these belts and to be calling myself going down with the legends as calling myself the heavyweight champion of the world. This has been the icing moment on the cake, something I have been working toward my whole life and like I said in the ring today, it was definitely Jerry Maguire’s story for me and Mick Hennessy. We started from the bottom, now we are at the top together. Everybody wrote us off, said we had no chance. I kept faith, he kept faith, Peter kept faith. We all believed we could do it. We came here and we have done it. Can’t say anymore.”

13. FURY’S BELT

14. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BOXER, TYSON FURY, SAYING:

“I think Wladimir Klitschko may have left me win tonight, on purpose, in Germany, in his hometown in front of 50,000 fans. So who knows what the re-match holds. The one thing I can say about the re-match is do not forget to watch it or turn up and come and see it because it is going to be explosive.”

15. PHOTOGRAPHERS

16. WIDE OF FURY ON PODIUM

STORY: Underdog Tyson Fury caused a huge boxing upset on Saturday (November 28), stunning Wladimir Klitschko with a points victory to snatch the champion’s four titles and become the first Briton to hold a world heavyweight crown since 2011.

Undefeated Fury, who improved his record to 25-0 and now has the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts, was never troubled by the 39-year-old Ukrainian who suffered his first loss in 11 years and has already demanded a rematch.

“Today was a good night, not a good night for me, to win this fight. I wish there had been more clean shots that I could land. I couldn’t find the right distance to land those shots. Tyson was quick with his hands and his body movement and his head movement. I couldn’t land the right punches. I congratulated him tonight. He won the fight. And to be continued, how this will be continued, that’s going to be set,” said Klitschko, suggesting a lucrative rematch is on the cards.

“It is of course a bit out of the ordinary, different from other times, to be in the position of someone else, not the winner. This is part of sports and I learned this early on. There are hardly any exceptions in sports unless your name is maybe Floyd Mayweather. I have to get over it. Of course I am disappointed that things did not work out the way I wanted them to. But as I said, to be continued and that’s what counts,” he added.

The fight had been preceded with some tough talk by Fury, but the Brit showed humility following the fight.

“Congratulations to Wladimir and his team. They put up a really good fight tonight. I found him quite awkward to land clean on, as he did me. He caught me with some good shots so credit to him. I’m a young, big, fast heavyweight so congratulations to Wlad because he landed some great punches on me tonight. But tonight just wasn’t his night and it was my night. God gave me the victory tonight so I hope to have many more defences of these titles in the future and if I could just say one thing: if I could be half as good a champion as Wladimir Klitschko I’d be very, very happy,” he said.

Fury, said his rise to become heavyweight champion was against a tide of negativity that had written him off despite being undefeated so far in his career.

“Just all the hard work has been rewarded with these belts and to be calling myself going down with the legends as calling myself the heavyweight champion of the world. This has been the icing moment on the cake, something I have been working toward my whole life and like I said in the ring today, it was definitely Jerry Maguire’s story for me and Mick Hennessy. We started from the bottom, now we are at the top together. Everybody wrote us off, said we had no chance. I kept faith, he kept faith, Peter kept faith. We all believed we could do it. We came here and we have done it. Can’t say anymore,” he said.

Fury suggested Klitschko may have had a lucrative rematch on his mind before Saturday’s fight.

“I think Wladimir Klitschko may have left me win tonight, on purpose, in Germany, in his hometown in front of 50,000 fans. So who knows what the re-match holds. The one thing I can say about the re-match is do not forget to watch it or turn up and come and see it because it is going to be explosive,” he said.

The fight, postponed once due to a Klitschko injury, almost did not take place with Fury’s team complaining earlier on Saturday over the thick ring canvas that they claimed limited his movement.

Modifications were made and Fury, quick, despite his 2.06 metres, was better from the start, showing no problems with the new canvas.

He kept landing left-right combinations with Klitschko, not used to fighting taller men than him, struggling with Fury’s reach.

Klitschko managed to get close with a few good left jabs in the second round but Fury landed a powerful right, pushing the Ukrainian back.

Fury, constantly changing between southpaw and orthodox stance, kept chipping away at Klitschko’s defences with his combinations and by the eighth round the champion was bleeding from a cheek wound.

Fury, who shed 32 kilos in five months to get in shape for the fight, landed a bruising left uppercut in the ninth that wounded Klitschko’s right eye.

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