Tyson Fury beats Wladimir Klitschko in battle of the bores

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Whilst many were quick to praise Tyson Fury for his unanimous points victory over the legendary Wladimir Klitschko, the fight itself was a disappointing affair.

Cagey opening rounds fizzled out into a damp squib of a fight, with very few meaningful punches thrown by either boxer. The most damage suffered by Klitschko came from a clash of heads in the fifth round.

Before the fight, Fury complained that the Klitschko brothers had killed the heavyweight division, making it "boring". Despite this, he did very little to turn it back into the live wire sport it was in the days of Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

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Fury is many things, but fast on his feet cannot be included on the list, and so is the fact that he never really bothered with defence throughout the entire fight - including at one point standing with his hands behind his back. This shows how poor Klitschko's opponents have been in the last three years.

The future now looks bleak for the Ukrainian, He has come out full of bravado and will invoke his rematch clause against Fury. However, if that also ends in defeat, few people will be surprised to see him pull out of his current contract with German channel RTL.

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For Fury, he must now sink or swim. The first British heavyweight champion since David Haye lost his WBA belt in 2011, he will certainly be in the sights of many fighters, including WBC champion Deonte Wilder, Haye and Olympic Champion Anthony Joshua.


Whether heavyweight boxing returns to its golden past, we will have to wait and see.
Changes such as increasing the number of rounds back to 15, or having a minimum number of punches attempted could liven the up the sport, but for now we will have to make do with 12 disappointing rounds filled only with feinting and jabbing.

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