The reigning WBC champion knocked out Whyte then reiterated his promise to retire – if this was the end it was spectacular
First came the uppercut, a thundering thunderclap that left Whyte stunned. Within seconds the final blow, a throwing jab that sent his challenger staggering across the canvas – and the scramble to get back on his feet was an uncomfortable observation.
WEMBLEY – ‘Time for war’ was Tyson Fury’s roar as his gloves were buckled in the final minutes before entering his lair. If this was the end, as he insisted, it did indeed contain all the elements of a brutal and bloody struggle. Dillian Whyte, the WBC No. 1 contender, was no match for the Gypsy King.
“Dillian Whyte is a warrior and I think he’s going to be a world champion,” Fury told the world in his post-fight interview. Whyte, he added, proved to be “strong as a bull…Unfortunately for Dillian Whyte, he had to face me here tonight, the best man in the world.”
It was admirable deference at the end of a fight that threatened to turn nasty and the encounter ended in a clash of heads that injured Whyte. In turn, he was roundly mocked for attempting a shot after the break.
What started out with some comedic fast hands from Fury didn’t take long to turn into a status rift as he landed the first big inevitable right hand. Both men switched stances, but Whyte did so out of necessity as he desperately tried to close the gap.
One of his most upbeat shots ended in the form of an overactive windmill grazing Fury’s left ear. At every turn, Fury pushed him back to within arm’s length, even as Whyte lost his cool and dumped his entire pound on this all-conquering 6’9″ behemoth.
He had promised to toy with his loot and put an end to it all when he saw fit.
Fury savored every moment of this homecoming for one of Britain’s biggest heavyweights, knowing he could afford to take it all in and there was a good chance Whyte ran out of gas.
He would have to use the pauses; As admirable as his career has been, he doesn’t have the engine to withstand that kind of onslaught.
Sparring history means nothing when a fighter is as excitingly unpredictable as Fury. Even when on the backfoot, he was able to push Whyte away with a series of shots that quickly turned the wave. This was near complete control and by the sixth Whyte was reeling.
Heavyweight boxing can be controversial at best and occasionally ridiculous, but there’s nothing quite like it on the biggest nights of its greatest entertainers. It’s a kingdom of its own, yet it’s owned by Fury.