Tyson Fury tells the inside story of his life-changing victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015

Tyson Fury & Wladimir Klitschko Head to Head Press Conference

Dusseldorf was the location where on this day in 2015, Tyson Fury shocked the world, beating the legendary Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision.

Winning the WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, IBO, The Ring magazine, and lineal heavyweight titles, Fury cemented his legacy as one of the sport's greatest ever, after doing what the likes of David Haye failed to do before him.

Klitschko had held a recognised world title since 2006 after the Ukrainian beat Chris Byrd. 

Wins against the likes of Haye, Alexander Povetkin, Kubrat Pulev and Bryant Jennings made Klitschko's reign look indestructible.

The two-time champion's dominance was reflected in the pre-fight odds for the fight with the Gypsy King.

Heading into the ring as the 7/2 underdog, Fury faced a near impossible task in Klitschko's adopted home of Germany.

After some typical pre-fight Fury tactics, the Manchester-born fighter controlled the contest to secure a historic victory.

Finding The Fight

Fury chose to make his debut on American soil against Steve Cunningham after feeling snubbed from the world title scene following Vitali Klitschko's retirement in 2013.

After the WBC decided to pit Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne against each other for the vacant belt, Fury's new path saw a seventh round victory over Cunningham, despite being knocked down in the second round.

Tyson Fury Press Conference

Despite being offered a final eliminator against Pulev, a chance at fighting British boxing legend David Haye appeared to good to turn down.

"David Haye, the former world cruiserweight and heavyweight champion, said he was willing to take me on," writes Fury in his autobiography Behind The Mask, as per The Mirror.

"This seemed like a dream fight for me – serious money because it would be pay-per-view and serious exposure because Haye is such a celebrity. The only problem was the dream eventually turned into a nightmare."

Known for his stories of redemption and recovery, Fury spoke of his struggles in the aftermath of his failed bouts with Haye.

"In order to pay the usual household bills and put food on the table, I sold my cars because I’d blown my money on those two training camps and there were no fights on the horizon, so I had to do something to get by," says Fury.

David Haye And Tyson Fury Press Conference

"In the space of a few months, I had gone from being the king of New York to feeling I was sitting on the outside of the heavyweight party looking in as Wladimir Klitschko continued his dominant reign."

Moving past the disappointment of not fighting Haye, Fury bounced back with dominant victories over Christian Hammer, Derek Chisora and Joey Abel, making the Gypsy King Klitschko's mandatory challenger.


"Within eight weeks I had dropped my weight down to 19 stone. I was training three times a day, six days a week, and living off one protein shake a day," says Fury.

"I would say that 90 per cent of my preparation for the Klitschko fight was about weight loss and in so many other training camps that is also what it had been about – instead of proper boxing camps, for the most part they were fat camps."

Fury's weight loss came after he peaked at 25 stone soon after securing the fight.


Despite heavy training camps in Liverpool and France, Fury claims he failed to find his top form prior to the fight.

Fury's pre-fight struggles wouldn't have been noticed by media and fans, who witnessed stunts such as Fury's batman appearance at the event's London press conference.

In an example as good as any, Fury's antics at the press conference highlighted the differences between the two fighters, something Fury alerted Klitschko of when they appeared face-to face for 'The Gloves Are Off'.

"The difference is that he's been made to look like that, everything he does is manufactured," said Fury.

"Everything that I do is natural, off the cuff. Nobody tells me what to do, nobody sticks a key in my back and turns it. I do it myself."


Klitschko vs Fury

After a brief deja vu from Fury's attempts at a bout with Haye struck when Klitschko suffered a calf injury, Fury's dream of a title fight was finally realised after a one-month delay.

Prior to the bell, however, Fury's team contested the amount of foam padding implemented under the canvas.

Claiming the excess foam would hinder the Gypsy King's fast feet, a two-hour stand off after a formal complaint was lodged with the Boxing Board of Control, saw the foam removed.

"As soon as the fight began, I had an overwhelming sense that this was my night, that I was in total control," says Fury. 

"Of course, I had to stay focused because I was aware that Klitschko was called Dr Steelhammer for a reason."


Even a docked point for an illegal punch could not keep Klitschko on the throne, as he fell to a unanimous points loss to Fury, an achievement the traveller struggled to come to terms with.

"I had climbed my Everest and yet when I got back to the dressing room after the fight, once the initial shock and the excitement from the ring and the victory had worn off, there were not any great feelings of emotion," he says. "It didn’t sink in then and I don’t think it has even now."

Hero to Zero

After becoming champion, Fury's life inside and outside the ring soon fell apart.

Having not received the hero's welcome he was expecting upon his return to England due to the sexist and homophobic views he'd expressed prior to his victory, Fury claims the death of his Uncle Hughie and the baby lost while his wife was pregnant brought his depression to its peak.

Having already been stripped off the IBF title, Fury had his two remaining belts taken away after failing to fulfil a rematch with Klitschko due to an ankle injury which he says came after he attempted to engineer an excuse to pull out of the fight through sparring injuries.

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