Dillian Whyte has waited years as the “next man” for the WBC heavyweight championship. Whyte’s opportunity finally presented itself on Saturday night in London and the dream opportunity turned into a nightmare as he was sent off poorly by Tyson Fury before being stunned with a heavy uppercut in the dying seconds of the sixth round.
Whyte tried to mix up his game from the jump, coming out in a southpaw position. The tactic didn’t seem to bother Fury too much, as the champion fought his ideal game plan, sticking to the outside and mixing jabs and left hooks with solid body work.
As the dominance mounted for Fury, Whyte appeared to be frustrated, leading to several clinches where heads clashed and elbow and rabbit punches were thrown. The referee lost control of the action in round 4 as both heavyweights refused to listen to his break instructions.
Once the action returned to something resembling a boxing match, Fury regained control with his range advantage, forcing Whyte to take more chances to close in.
The Fury jab would eventually set up the final moment in Round 6 as he followed up a jab with a right uppercut that knocked Whyte out and sent him crashing to the canvas. Whyte beat the count, but as he tried to walk towards the referee his balance still wasn’t there and he fell into the ropes, leaving the referee no choice but to forfeit the fight at 2:59 of Round 6.
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“Listen, Dillian Whyte is a warrior,” Fury said after the fight. “I believe he will be world champion. But I am one of the greatest heavyweights of all time and unfortunately for Dillian he had to face me here tonight.”
The uppercut was similar to the Alexander Povetkin shot that put Whyte to sleep in their 2020 contest. four-belt unification – or the retirement he again promised after the fight.
“You know, I promised my lovely wife that after the Wilder 3 fight this fight would be over and I meant it,” Fury said. “But I was offered to fight at Wembley at home and I thought I deserved it and I owed it. [to the fans]. Now everything is done. I have to be a man of my word and I think that’s it. This could be the last curtain of the Gypsy King.”
Elsewhere on the card, Ekow Essuman took care of business against Darren Tetley for a unanimous decision victory. Nick Ball beat Isaac Lowe before the referee stepped in to stop the fight in the sixth round. And Fury’s half-brother Tommy returned to action to handle Daniel Bocianski by referee’s decision over six rounds.
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Fury vs. Whyte fight card, results
- Tyson Fury (c) defeats. Dillian Whyte via TKO in the sixth round
- Ekow Essuman defeats. Darren Tetley via unanimous decision (117-111, 116-112, 116-112)
- Nick Ball beats. Isaac Lowe via TKO in the sixth round
- David Adeleye beats. Chris Healey via TKO in the fourth round
- Tommy Fury won. Daniel Bocianski by referee’s decision (60-54)
Fury vs Whyte scoreboard, live coverage