Tyson Fury is the new heavyweight champion of the world after the 27-year-old claimed a unanimous points win over Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf.

The Manchester native, a former Irish heavyweight champion, produced a disciplined display which was completely at odds with his brazed and vocal pre-fight approach.

“From the beginning I aimed for the stars and anything less was a failure. Tonight I hit a shooting star." - Tyson Fury

Fury, who has sometimes boxed as a switch-hitter in previous fights, boxed orthodox in the first round and appeared to have the better of the opening, boxing in a conservative yet effective style and utilising his jab.

The challenger continued to fight in a sensible fashion in the second round, but his posing and confident attitude in the third saw him throw fewer shots as 39-year-old Klitschko attempted to work an opening, with Fury boxing southpaw during that round.

Both continued to fight in a tentative fashion throughout the opening half of the bout and few shots were thrown during the sixth, with Klitschko’s cool and calm approach gradually starting to pay dividends.

Despite the pre-fight bluster and trash talk, which mostly came from Fury, the fight was a relatively disciplined affair, with referee Tony Weeks not having to interfere too often.

Klitschko, a Ukrainian born in Kazakhstan who has built his career in Germany, raised a cheer from the ‘home’ support in the ninth round as he showed real intent for the first time in attack, but Fury battled back and threw some combinations in reply towards the end of the round.

The champion looked short on ideas in the 10th and 11th rounds, with Fury throwing hooks in the latter round which he was in control of, but the challenger suffered a point deduction as Weeks disciplined him for a rabbit punch to the back of Klitschko’s head.

The shackles finally came off in the 12th and final round as both fighters traded, with Klitschko clearly marked up under his left eye.

The challenger took the WBA, WBO and IBF world titles on offer, with two judges calling it 115-112 and the remaining official scoring it 116-111. This reporter scored the fight 116-112.

“First of all I’d like to say congrats to Wlad and his team, he put up a really good fight, I found him quite awkward to land clean on,” said Fury afterwards.

“He landed some great punches. God gave me the victory tonight so I hope to have many defences of this title. If I can be half as good a champion as Wladimir Klitschko I’ll be very happy.

“From the first moment I laced on a pair of boxing gloves, there wasn’t one person in my family who didn’t believe I wasn’t going to be the heavyweight champion of the world.

“From the beginning I aimed for the stars and anything less was a failure. Tonight I hit a shooting star,” added the new champion.

Promoters confirmed that a rematch is contracted and likely to take place in the future.

A humble but disappointed Klitschko said: “Today was a good night but not a good night for me to win this fight. I couldn’t find the right distance to win this fight. Tyson was quick with his body shots and his head movement… This is to be continued.”

Meanwhile, Meath-based Finglas super-featherweight Jono Carroll extended his undefeated record to 9-0 on the undercard of the big Dusseldorf show, defeating Miguel Gonzalez of Honduras on points.

Carroll looked comfortable boxing over 10 rounds for the first time as he recorded his third win of the year.