Tyson Fury beats Dillian Whyte to retain world heavyweight title

Fury defended his world heavyweight title for a second time when he faced Whyte in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley

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In pictures: Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte

Tyson Fury defeated Dillian Whyte with a brutal uppercut in the last second of round six to cement his status as the world’s top heavyweight.

Fury had put up a much better and sometimes dirty fight at Wembley before detonating his right hand as the fight neared half-time. Whyte tried to beat the count but tripped over the ring leaving the referee with no choice but to wave the fight off.

Fury made the second defense of the world heavyweight title, which he won Deontay Wilder in 2020. He brought a harrowing conclusion to their rivalry last October to cement his status as the best of the big men before turning to his mandatory challenger.

Whyte, who earned a career-high £6million in prize money, was booed all around by the 94,000-strong crowd as he marched to the ring with little fanfare. Fury, fighting at home for the first time in almost four years, kept his opponent waiting with an artful in-ring performance that began with a performance of Don McLean’s American Pie, progressed to mock photos of Fury as Jesus and ended with the champion while jogging to the 20 foot square circle.

Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte in action


action pics via Reuters)

The rivals exchanged words in an impromptu duel in the center of the ring before the first note of God Save The Queen rang out. When the first bell rang, Fury opted to stick to his orthodox stance – but Whyte surprised his opponent by switching to southpaw. He attempted to land his right hand in the champion’s fleshy center while Fury patiently plucked his paw.

Whyte returned to orthodox for the second session while Fury briefly changed his own stance. And from mid-round he started to find his reach, forcing Whyte to swing wildly to attempt a counter-punch. And Fury continued to extend his advantage in the third round when his sluggish and awkward style had Whyte chasing shadows.

Both men were scolded by referee Mark Lyson for using their heads, leaving Whyte with a laceration around his right eye. The rivals then defied the official as he attempted to intervene a second time as the heavyweights continued to land punches.

Order was restored in round five as Fury continued to demonstrate his distance judgment, landing his jab while agonizingly staying out of range. A lashing right hand to Whyte’s body briefly rallied the crowd – as did the challenger’s momentum and miss in response.

Whyte struggled to close the gap on his elusive compatriot and his face began to change color as Fury pieced together his attacks with unerring accuracy. And he dropped Whyte at the end of round six, with the challenger still on a shaky leg when he got up – forcing the referee to call off the fight.

On the undercard, Tyson’s brother Tommy fought his way to victory over Daniel Bocianski after six boring rounds. Fury fought for the first time since August – and for the first time since his fight with Jake-Paul was cancelled. But he failed to provide the statement break that could have caught the YouTuber’s attention and now has to wait and see if he did enough to convince Paul to postpone it.

Nick Ball capitalized on his opportunity on the biggest stage of all when he stopped Isaac Lowe to extend his undefeated record to 15 fights while Ekow Essuman retained his British and Commonwealth welterweight titles with a hard fought points victory over Darren Tetley.

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