Berlin: Tyson Fury insists he is just a 'normal person who got lucky' enough to become the new world heavyweight champion and is already relishing a rematch against Wladimir Klitschko.
Tyson Fury (left) punches Wladimir Klitschko during their world heavyweight title fight. Pic: AP/PTI
27-year-old Fury shook up world boxing on Saturday by securing a unanimous points win over Klitschko to snatch the Ukrainian's World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) belts. Fury singlehandedly brought a heavyweight era to an end in Dusseldorf by inflicting a first defeat on Klitschko for 11 years to end his run of 19 consecutive defences.
Klitschko was dethroned as world champion after nine years, six months, and the win sealed Fury's place in boxing history as Britain's first heavyweight belt holder since David Haye lost his WBA title to Klitschko in 2011. "That's the best thing to happen to the heavyweight division in years. Young, fresh blood, who is a 'character' to say the least," tweeted Haye after Fury's victory.
Fury is contractually obliged to offer a rematch and the new champion said he would have no problem returning to Germany to face Klitschko in 2016. "It doesn't matter to me where I fight — Japan, Uzbekistan, where ever it has to be," said the 27-year-old Fury. "I'd like to come back to Germany, because I got a good reception from the fans. "It was my night and if I'm going to be half a good a champion as Klitschko, I'll be very happy."
Fury has vowed to be 'the most charismatic champion since Mohammad Ali' and has already carved out his own style of singing after victories. He predicted his win over Klitschko in song last Wednesday before earning his triumph with an impressive display in the ring. He then serenaded his wife Paris, who told him on the eve of the fight that she is expecting the couple's third child, with Aerosmith's 'Don't Want to Miss a Thing' in the Dusseldorf ring.
Fury has already made his mark in a heavyweight division badly in need of a strong character and he proved he can trash talk with the best of them in the fight's build-up. He is the self-styled 'saviour of the heavyweight division', who described Klitschko as being an 'old man' who has 'as much charisma as my underpants. Zero'. Fury took a small purse to have his shot at Klitschko, but boosted his earnings by winning £400,000 after betting on himself to beat the champion and will be able to set his own figure for the rematch.