Indeed, there were those who believed that the experience, i.e. ring intelligence, of Klitschko would overcome the three-inch reach advantage enjoyed by Fury. In fact, Klitschko's performance against Fury was as poor as his past opponents' performances have been against himself – and one can argue that Klitschko had less to overcome.
When one's physical advantages are great, it only requires a little bit of skill to make one almost unbeatable.
Klitschko, the shorter man, fought Fury as if he were taller than him. Klitschko attempted to evade Fury's punches by backing straight up with his head in the air, which put his head out of the reach of smaller opponents. Never inclined to work the body, in order to preserve his height against small men, Klitschko never worked the body of his consistently moving taller opponent – boxing 101.
Roy Jones, Jr. criticized Klitschko's tendency to hold Fury on the inside despite being the smaller man whose advantage was in close.
It did not take long for Fury to establish control: he felt out Klitschko in round one and did just enough to take that round, but round two was widely in favor of Fury. In the first three rounds it was mainly jabs and left hooks from Fury but round four saw him trying to land hard overhand rights on Klitschko. Klitschko was frozen and inactive from Fury's constant movement.
Klitschko almost won a round for the first time in round nine when he landed a right hand on Fury with 1:45 left. That brief moment was wiped away from memory when Fury took advantage of a half-clinch to pop Klitschko with a left hook while his back is momentarily turned away from Fury. Before round ten started, Klitschko's trainer advised him that he would need a knockout to win.
In round twelve, Klitschko was desperate in trying to score the knockout. Fury was mistakenly trying to score a knockout himself, thinking he had to in order to win. At this point, Fury was lunging in with his hands down and could have been countered. Fury managed to take a few right hands but weathered Klitschko to win a unanimous decision – 115-112, 115-112, 116-111.
More was expected from Klitschko who landed just four punches per round. But really, it was up to Klitschko to do something different and there was no reason to think that he could because he had not done it before.