Tyson Fury shocked the world tonight at the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany. After going a full 12 rounds, the judges announced Tyson Fury as the new WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion of the world over Wladimir Klitschko, former king of the heavyweight ranks in professional boxing. Many boxing aficionados predicted Wladimir’s experience and savvy to be the defining element in a victory for the Ukrainian Klischko, but instead Fury made it a fight from the opening bell.
The CompuBox numbers are a reflection of the role that activity played in awarding Tyson the victory: both fighters landed at a 23 percent connect rate, but with Fury landing a significantly larger absolute number of punches. Just how much youth played a factor in this fight is up for anybody, including the fighters, to speculate. But given the 12 year age differential (Tyson 27, Klitschko 39) and the relative longevity of Klitschko’s professional and amateur boxing careers compared to Fury’s, it might not come as any surprise if the higher punch rate was the product of fresher muscles in the younger Fury.
That being said, Wladimir Klitschko still has great clout in the heavyweight division, as only four opponents have gotten past him over the course of the last nineteen years. And given the fact that this is the first of Klitschko’s losses by way of unanimous decision, his fight with Fury is particularly impressive considering Klitschko’s age the probable wear and tear from a lifetime of competitive boxing.
Since David Haye lost his heavyweight title in 2011 to Wladimir Klitschko, there has not been a British heavyweight champion until Tyson Fury’s victory in Germany last night. Even more impressive is that Fury is now the first British lineal heavyweight titleholder since 2004. Now that Fury has three of the four heavyweight world title belts, fans’ gaze has turned towards a possible unification fight with the owner of the last heavyweight belt: the American Bronze Bomber Deontay Wilder.