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Klitschko's Heavyweight Reign Ends


Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in an October 2013 fight in Moscow.

Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in an October 2013 fight in Moscow.

Britain's Tyson Fury has defeated Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine to become world heavyweight boxing champion.

The 27-year-old Fury won the titles of the three most important ranking organizations -- the IBF, WBO, and WBA -- in front of 45,000 spectators in the football stadium in Duesseldorf, Germany, late on November 28 after a unanimous points win over Klitschko, 39.

Klitschko's defeat, his first in 11 years, ended the Ukrainian's nine-and-a-half-year reign as heavyweight champion.

"It is still early and I have to process things but there will definitely be a rematch," Klitschko said after the fight.

He has held the IBF belt since 2006, the WBO title since 2008, and the WBA crown since 2011.

Klitschko's older brother, Vitali, a former heavyweight boxing champion, is currently the major of Kyiv.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters
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