Tyson Fury is still the heavyweight king of the world after knocking Dillian Whyte to the canvas in front of more than 90,000 fans.
Tyson Fury is still the champion after knocking Dillian Whyte out cold to retain his WBC heavyweight crown in their boxing blockbuster on Sunday.
The Gypsy King floored Whyte with a brutal uppercut in the sixth round that left his former sparring partner seeing stars.
Commentators said Fury’s uppercut “came from nowhere” and called it “the punch of his life”.
Watch Paul Gallen vs Kris Terzievsk LIVE on Main Event available on Kayo & Foxtel, Wed 11th May from 7pm AEST. ORDER NOW >
The punch sent more than 94,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium into a frenzy. Whyte tried to get back up but he was clearly unsteady on his feet and the referee had no option but to call the fight off.
“Lennox Lewis could even be proud of that right uppercut tonight,” Fury said.
In his first fight on UK soil in four years, Fury was treated to a hero’s welcome by a capacity crowd and largely dictated the tempo before ending proceedings in devastating fashion.
Whyte looked sluggish, failing to land anything of substance before crashing to the canvas.
The referee had a stern word to both men during the fourth round as each fighter got on each other’s nerves, pushing the limits of what’s legal inside the ring. A headbutt appeared to open up a cut above Whyte’s right eye while Fury complained about getting hit illegally in the clinch.
Each fighter was accused of throwing punches after being told to break as rogue elbows and more head clashes caused concern.
Commentators described the action as “very naughty” and “messy” as things took a dirty turn.
But Fury’s killer blow was as clean as they come and afterwards suggested he would make good on his pre-fight promise to retire after Sunday’s fight.
“I am a man of my word. This might be the final curtain for The Gypsy King and what a way to go out!” he said.
“Dillian Whyte is a warrior and I believe he will be world champion.
“He is as strong as a bull and has the heart of a lion but tonight he met a great in the sport, one of the greatest heavyweights of all time.”
Whyte was first installed as the WBC’s number one contender nearly four years ago but he was unable to impose himself.
“I’m overwhelmed by the support,” said Fury. “I cannot believe 94,000 countrymen and women came here to watch me. From the bottom of my heart thank you to everyone who bought a ticket and stayed up late to watch this fight.”
He added: “I promised my wife that would be it after the (Deontay) Wilder fight. But I got offered a fight at Wembley and I owed it to the fans. What a way to go out.”
If Fury does follow through with his plan to quit, he would spurn the chance to face either Oleksandr Usyk — the current WBA, IBF and WBO champion — or fellow British fighter Anthony Joshua.
Whyte, who was born in Jamaica, has waited years for his world title shot and was greeted with boos as he emerged in the cavernous stadium, dressed in black.
Excitement levels hit fever pitch as Fury emerged to the strains of Don McLean’s “American Pie”, which accompanied a video montage of his career.
Fury, wearing a white and red robe and gloves featuring the English flag, sat on a gold throne as fireworks shot into the air before jogging to the ring.
He led the crowd in another rendition of “American Pie” as he celebrated his victory.
How the fight played out: Round-by-round
Round 1: Both fighters felt each other out and eased into the contest. Fury was slightly more active and landed a nice right hook on Whyte’s jaw. Whyte shocked everyone by coming out as a southpaw to start the bout, changing things up to try and unsettle Fury from the opening bell.
Round 2: Whyte looked sluggish but started to find his range late in the round, pushing Fury against the ropes. Fury was still controlling the pace and distance though, using his long levers to his advantage. Whyte threw a couple of nice punches but was too slow to follow-up with more meaningful blows.
Round 3: Fury was fighting on his terms, looking the more comfortable of the pair. He even managed a slight smile during the round.
Round 4: Fury blew up at Whyte and the referee had a stern word to both fighters as they threw punches after being told to break. Fury appeared displeased with his rival’s tactics throughout the round as a cut opened up above Whyte’s right eye. Blows to the back of the head in the clinch led commentators to describe the action as “very naughty” and “messy”. Elbows and head clashes were part of the round too as things took a dirty turn.
Round 5: Fury put his foot down and continued to control the fight. Whyte couldn’t offer much.
Round 6: Fury floored Whyte with a monstrous uppercut and the fight was all over.