Tyson Fury produced a perfect uppercut to stop Dillian Whyte just before the end of the sixth round of their world heavyweight title showdown at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night.
‘The Gypsy King’ (32-0-1) landed the spectacular shot to plant Whyte on his back, and while he beat the count he was in no state to continue.
The punch ended a perfect performance from Fury, who had dominated every second of the fight until it finished. He boxed smartly on the outside, while Whyte (28-3) just could not close the gap and pull the trigger.
It was 18 minutes of near perfection from Fury, and the gulf in class between the two men appeared significant. Fury was better than ever while Whyte froze on the biggest night of his life.
Fury vs Whyte Round-By-Round
A surprise right from the start as Whyte comes out in the southpaw stance. Dillian struggles throughout the opening three minutes to close the gap between him and the huge Fury, who weighs up his opponent before starting to go to work with that piston-like left jab. Fury also lands a nice couple of counter right hands late in the session. Definitely Fury’s round and Whyte needs to up the workrate, and close the distance.
Another good round for Fury – he comes out southpaw while Dillian switches back to orthodox. A few seconds in and they’re both orthodox. Whyte tries to load up with a couple of big right hands – both miss by a mile. Fury meanwhile is landing that left jab nicely and mixes in another couple of nice rights. Another Fury round and Whyte needs quicker and better footwork. He’s looking agricultural at best right now.
Fury opens up with a lovely left hook and smiles as it lands. He’s boxing smartly and Whyte is struggling to get close enough to ‘The Gypsy King’ to land anything meaningful. If anything he also looks to be breathing just a little bit heavily already. Fury, by contrast, is moving well and in top shape. Remember he’s a stone lighter than for that third fight with Wilder, Whyte is 6lbs heavier than for the rematch with Povetkin.
An ugly round this one, and Whyte comes out of it with a cut over his right eye. That is the upshot of a clinch which leaves Fury furious. Fury is boxing better but this is the messiest session we’ve seen yet. Then another clinch sees Whyte punching to the back of Fury’s head while somebody sprays water into the ring from the crowd. Cue mayhem. Fury’s round again.
A cracking round for Fury – his best so far. He lands a lovely right, and for the first time Whyte’s legs stiffen just a little. ‘The Gypsy King’ is boxing really nicely, moving and bullying Whyte when they do get on the inside. Dillian by contract just cannot get close enough to land anything, and he’s too slow. He’s also getting a little bit tired. Worrying times for ‘The Body Snatcher’.
What a way to finish a world heavyweight title fight. Fury is dominating the round, Whyte throwing haymakers but missing wildly with all of them. But then, all of a sudden, Tyson unloads with a magnificent right uppercut which almost takes Whyte off his feet. ‘The Body Snatcher’ falls to the canvas, is up just before 10 but clearly in no state to continue. It’s over with 2:59 on the clock in Round 6, and Fury retains his WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles in convincing fashion.