Dillian Whyte explains why he struggled against Tyson Fury in the first round against a southpaw

Whyte has claimed he switched to southpaw to show he can box and disrupt the flow of anger before switching back to orthodox after the champion himself switched stances

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Dillian Whyte opted for a southpaw stance against Tyson Fury in the opening round to prove he can box as well as fight.

The “Body Snatcher” began the fight in the southpaw stance before switching to the orthodox stance to emphasize his authority in the early stages of the title fight. However, the champion dominated the fight throughout and comprehensively overtook Whyte before landing a huge uppercut to end the fight in the sixth period.

Whyte has admitted Fury’s style is about taking the initiative in exchanges, which he was desperately trying to seize by switching stances. “He had a game plan and I had a game plan but obviously I was a lot better than what they were fighting,” Whyte said Sky Sports. “I can box as well as fight, a lot of people can accept that and obviously that was a bit of a knife for him like he wanted.

“So I did it in front of him and he turned left-handed the other rounds and I went orthodox the other rounds. That’s how it goes, its boxing there’s a lot of things going on. Sometimes it’s just a matter of who initiates whom, does something first and who thinks something before the other. That’s what it’s about, you know.”

Whyte’s tactical changes proved unsuitable for Fury, who was able to enforce his vastly superior style from the offset, which was reflected on the judges’ scorecards. Fury was then able to pounce on an opportunity to close the show and end Whyte’s title challenge.

The fight became rough on several occasions due to the clash of stances with Fury accused his rival of “cheating” throughout the competition. Whyte has insisted he was wrongly blamed for incidents throughout the fight, claiming Fury caused his cut.

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Dillian Whyte started the fight on southpaw against Tyson Fury


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Tyson Fury had his head dirty, he kept leaning down and sticking his head in and stuff,” said Whyte Sky Sports when reflecting on the events. “He bends down and obviously butted heads with me and I got the cut.

“I kept taking all the blame for everything and he was the one who was pinned and headbutted and dirty in the fight. So what am I supposed to do, just stay there and let him do it? I’m nobody’s punching bag, I’m not going to just stand there and let everyone do what they want with me, I’ve never done that before.”

Whyte has now called out Fury to a rematch after it was claimed the break was illegal, but the footage has since existed dispelled Whyte’s claim with his head seemingly having limited contact with the canvas. Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has since optimistically dismissed any hopes of a sequel during the offer Daniel Dubos and Joe Joyce as an alternative opponent.

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