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Three Years Ago Today, Tyson Fury Created Boxing History By Defeating Wladimir Klitschko

Three Years Ago Today, Tyson Fury Created Boxing History By Defeating Wladimir Klitschko

As Tyson Fury prepares to dethrone the undefeated Deontay Wilder on 1st December and claim his WBC Heavyweight Championship, today marks a special anniversary for the 30-year-old Brit.

Three years ago today, the Gypsy King took down the mighty Wladimir Klitschko in Düsseldorf, Germany, and won the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts.

It was an even sweeter victory for Fury after he defied the odds to bring down the 42-year-old Ukrainian boxer, as well as ending Dr Steelhammer's nine-year reign as champion.

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"You're a great champion Wlad, thanks very much for having me," he said after the bout (via BBC Sport).

"It was all fun and games in the build-up, I just wanted to be confident, young and brash."

Despite the collapse of their rematch and Fury retiring from boxing for a short time, the Gypsy King still holds his status as the lineal champion.

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After all, he is still the man who has not been beaten yet. It's not surprising that Fury continues to bring up his triumphant victory over Klitschko.

It was not only one of the biggest upsets in sports history, but Fury also toppled Klitschko's dominance over boxing.

While Fury has recently been hitting the streets of LA to ask Americans if they know who Wilder is, the Gypsy King was asked about his thoughts on a unification match against the 33-year-old Alabama boxer in 2015.

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"Why do we need to mention Deontay Wilder?" he said at the time (via Irish Examiner). "Let's laugh at his name, shall we?

"Wladimir Klitschko was the number one in the division. Probably the pound-for-pound king, whatever that means. So why would I be bothered about a novice like Wilder?

"He's a basketball player who took up boxing a couple of years ago. I'm a true natural fighter."


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Can Fury upset the odds again when he fights Wilder?

Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Tyson Fury, Boxing News, Boxing, Wladimir Klitschko

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]