Newly crowned Ring/IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KO’s) went into Saturdays showdown in Germany with a game plan.  Former champ Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO’s) did not.  Klitschko did not deliver, in what is widely regarded as one of his worst performances ever.  After 18 consecutive successful title defenses, there is a new king of the heavyweight division, and for the first time in 11 years, his name is NOT Wladimir Klitschko.

Dr. Steele Hammer could not let his hands go at all, mainly because he is definitely not used to being the smaller man in the ring.  Tyson Fury is not by any means a one punch knockout artist, but his size is definitely intimidating.  Fury used tremendous head movement which made Klitschko miss almost every power punch he threw in the first half of the fight.  He combined that with excellent faints, which kept Klitschko’s hands at bay, and piled up points with jabs.

After being told by his trainer that he needs a knockout, Klitschko would finally wake up in the 11th round, and when he threw his hands, he was able to connect.  In fact, he wobbled Fury in the final round, but it was too little too late.  If Wladimir woke up sooner, the outcome of the fight would almost certainly have been different.  Despite getting a point deducted, Fury would still cruise to a unanimous decision victory by a fair margin, and take 5 titles away from Klitschko.

DeGale Defeats Bute In A Banger

On rival network Showtime, James DeGale (22-1, 14 KO’s) defeated Lucian Bute (32-2, 25 KO’s) and retained the IBF Super Middleweight championship.  DeGale proved to be too much for Bute to handle in the end, but the 35 year old Lucian Bute proved that he is not done yet.  Bute put up a heck of a fight, but in the end, DeGale was too young and too strong.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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