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Boxing Beat: Tyson Fury Becomes Heavyweight Champion

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Tyson Fury kept his perfect record intact, handing Wladimir Klitschko a decision loss and claiming the boxing heavyweight title in the process.

A mandatory challenger to the 39-year-old Klitschko, the 27-year-old Brit left the German fans in utter disbelief after the decision was announced. The fight took place in Dusseldorf from the ESPRIT Arena and aired live on HBO.

Fury (25-0) was awarded the unanimous decision on all three scorecards, 116-111, 115-112 and 115-112.

“This is a dream come true,” he said. “We worked so hard for this.

“I’d like to say to Wladimir, you’re a great champion and thanks very much for having me.”

Klitschko (64-4) acknowledged the new champion, saying “Tyson was the faster and better man.” He had not lost since a 2004 fifth round TKO to Lamon Brewster, turning back the likes of Samuel Peter, Chris Byrd, Hasim Rahman, David Haye and avenging the Brewster defeat.

Fury now holds The Ring, IBF, WBO, IBO and WBA (Super) heavyweight titles and is considered the lineal champion.

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