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Fury Stuns Cautious Klitschko in Upset

Wladimir Klitschko, Tyson Fury
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The heavyweight matchup we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. It may not be garnering the same sort of attention you’d get from, say, a Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez or Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao matchup, but this is still a day that’s been circled on many a calendar for fight fans around the world.

Wladimir Klitschko puts his IBF, WBO, IBO, WBA and lineal heavyweight titles on the line when he faces brash British slugger Tyson Fury at the Espirit Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Klitschko is on the brink of a 23-fight undefeated streak, not having bowed his head in defeat since dropping a fifth-round TKO to Lamon Brewster in 2004. He last defeated Bryant Jennings in a 12-round unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden in New York this April.

The challenger, Fury, is undefeated through 24 professional contests, knocking out 18 of his opponents along the way. He last defeated Romania’s Christian Hammer in the eighth round of their title fight at The O2 Arena in London.

The HBO card kicks off at 4:45 p.m. ET.

Live round-by-round analysis will be provided throughout the contest. Be sure to refresh the page for all the latest:

Round 1: Fury starts moving his head quite a bit, feinting to prevent the champion from establishing his jab. It was a relatively cautious start for both fighters, as neither man looked to engage early on. The challenger threw more punches in the opening stanza, likely securing the round.

Round 2: Fury continues to feint in the second round, continuing to stifle the champion from establishing his rhythm. Klitschko starts becoming a bit more aggressive, moving forward as Fury backs up. It was another close round, narrowly leaning toward the challenger’s way (unofficially).

Round 3: Klitschko was particularly cautious in the first two rounds and it continued into the third. Fury continued to move well, avoiding any power punches from the champion (according to compubox). Fury keeps his hands low, but continues to avoid the power punches. Metrics showed less than six punches were landed in round 3.

Round 4: A low output fight thus far, Klistchko’s patient approach didn’t seem to be serving him well as Fury continued to evade the action. Broadcasters and folks on Twitter complained of how low of an output both men were throwing. It was a bit of a better round for Klitschko, but still struggled to find his aggression.

Round 5: Another slow round with neither man opening up enough to connect round-winning shots. Fury continued to move better than the champion was, but refused to throw power shots in any sort of quantity here. The same went for Klitschko, who continued to be overly cautious.

Round 6: Fury lands a solid counter left as Klitschko came in to open the round. Fury continued to use his feints and his long jab to stifle the champion from getting comfortable, preventing him from throwing any of the fight-ending punches we’re used to seeing from Klitschko. Another slow round that could have easily gone to the challenger.

Round 7: Fury begins unleashing his punches a bit more, which continued to disrupt any sort of game plan from the champion. Klitschko continued to show overt amounts of reluctance to show any sort of offense. At one point, Fury puts both of his hands behind his back and Klitschko threw nothing. Nothing.

Round 8: Klitschko lands a good jab, but eats several punches as the two men tied each other up. This round quickly became a clinch fest. Fury continued to throw his jab (many of which fell short of their target) but Klitschko wasn’t doing much. Klistchko starts lunging forward with hooks to end the round, but it probably wasn’t enough.

Round 9: Klitschko lands a good right hand to start the round. Moments later, Fury is warned for rabbit punching. One more time and he loses a point, says referee Tony Weeks. Fury lands the biggest punch of the fight, putting the champion off balance with a left hook in the final minute of the fight.

Round 10: Fury continues to move well with his hands lower than expected. It’s interesting to note that Klitschko should have had some indication of what the scores could have looked like and still refused to engage in any sort of action that could earn him the victory. Fury continues to land his jab.

Round 11: Klitschko’s corner tells him he needs a knockout to win this fight, but the champion refuses to  let his hands go. The champion develops a new cut over his right eye. Tony Weeks deducts a point from Fury for rabbit punching.

Round 12: Fury begins letting his hands go in the final round, while Klitschko (down on our scorecard) is simply defending. Klitschko lands a heavy right hand followed up by a left hook. He continues to lunge forward, but finds himself tied up with the challenger, losing anywhere from 5-10 seconds in each tie-up.

Result: Fury def. Klitschko via unaimous decision (115-112 x 2, 116-111)

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