Tyson Fury produced an impressive display as he won via a unanimous decision in Dusseldorf on Saturday night to take Wladimir Klitschko’s WBA, WBO and IBF titles.
The challenger went into the bout full of confidence and insisted that he would be able to return home with the belts against a champion that he believed was in decline at 39 years of age.
Using his height and reach advantage to great effect, Fury was able to nullify Klitschko’s offensive threat as the Ukrainian rarely looked to throw his right hand in fear of being countered.
Although he appeared to burst into life in the final round, it was too little too late for the former champion as he now looks to secure a rematch in 2016 having ultimately been outthought and outboxed by a younger fighter with impressive all-round ability.
Aside from the showboating which some will argue was unnecessary, Fury’s movement, quickness and sharpness were all too much for his rival as he made himself elusive while leading with the jab and landing the telling power shots.
Nevertheless, given the history of poor decisions in Germany in favour of the ‘home’ fighters, it was still a nervous wait for the 27-year-old despite the Sky Sports pundits and British media in attendance insisting that he had done enough to rip the titles away from the long-time reigning champion.
Fury answered numerous questions with his display at the ESPRIT Arena, as he proved that he could step up at world level and deal with a true great of the sport in an environment that he hadn’t previously experienced.
Combined with the level of skill that he showed in the ring along with an ability to execute the perfect game-plan that was formulated by his uncle and trainer, Peter Fury, the question now is whether or not he will be able to remain at the top.
As noted above, Klitschko will chase the rematch as included in their contract for this fight, but whether or not his body will allow the mind to learn from the mistakes he made remains to be seen.
Although many will be delighted that there is fresh blood in the division with Fury threatening to start a new era, the likes of Anthony Joshua and David Haye will certainly look to derail his plans next year but Klitschko will undoubtedly have something to say before they get their opportunities.