Tyson Fury shook up the boxing world when he scored a big upset victory over long reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko. It may not have been as shocking as when Buster Douglas defeated Mike Tyson or when Hasim Rahman knocked out Lennox Lewis, and it also paled in comparison to Muhammad Ali’s underdog victories against then seemingly unstoppable forces which were Sonny Liston and Big George Foreman. Nonetheless, Tyson Fury has carved out a very special place in the rich history of the heavyweight division.
Few observers were giving Fury much of a chance against Klitschko going into the contest, but Tyson Fury succeeded in silencing his critics with this sensational performance. Tyson Fury looked brilliant and simply outclassed Wladimir, basically from start to finish. His herky jerky style, consisted of head and body movement, a variety of different feints, and extraordinary footwork where Fury dictated the range and commanded the distance throughout the duration of their 12 round contest. Fury was officially awarded a unanimous decision by the judges at ringside, with scores of 115-112, 115-112, and 116-111, where the official scorecards appeared to give the long time champion the benefit of the doubt in many of the rounds. Fury utterly dominated Wladimir, and appeared to only clearly lose one round during the course of the entire fight.
This edition of Rummy’s Corner attempts to explain how Tyson Fury was able to make such easy and thorough work of Wladimir Klitschko, who prior to facing Fury had not lost a contest dating all the way back to 2004. How did Fury win? Did Wlad get old overnight? Can Klitschko do anything differently in a rematch to reverse the outcome of this surprising encounter?
To get one man’s humble opinion on why things transpired as I they did, please watch (and hopefully enjoy) this video!