Fury vs Klitschko: Tyson remembers, 5 years on

It is exactly five years since Tyson Fury stunned Wladimir Klitschko to become world heavyweight champion, and ‘The Gypsy King’ celebrated the anniversary on Saturday.

Fury, now 32, took to Twitter to remember November 28, 2015, when he travelled to Germany as a big underdog to take on the modern-day heavyweight great. The result was stunning – a masterful boxing display from Fury which befuddled the champ en route to a unanimous decision victory.

Fury vs Klitschko: Happy anniversary to me

A smiling Fury said: “Happy anniversary to me, five years since I battered Klitschko. The undefeated man for 11 years, and it took the old bald-headed ‘Gypsy King’ to go to Germany and give him a good hiding and take all of his belts and then chuck ’em all in the bin.

“Very fitting really wasn’t it. Me Dad said I ruined his life too. Get up there you big dosser. You big Ukrainian dosser.”

Of course much has happened since that famous night in Germany. It would be almost three years before he fought again after that. A period where his very life as well as his career was in danger. Mental health issues dogged him while he ballooned in weight to more than 400lbs.

In 2018 Fury did what few thought could ever happen, he got in shape and returned to the ring. Then in February 2020 he reached the top of the mountain again with a stunning demolition of Deontay Wilder to become WBC heavyweight king.

Now Fury (30-0-1) is preparing for a monster 2021 with a massive unification showdown against Anthony Joshua in the works for summer. The pair have already agreed in principle the financial structure of a two-fight deal.

Fury had been due to have a trilogy match with Wilder in Las Vegas in December but that didn’t happen. Now he is set to return to the ring in 2021.