Tyson Fury Takes Out Dillian Whyte in Round Six!
After a five-fight run in America, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (32-0-1, 23 KO’s) staged his first bout in the UK in four years. In that highly anticipated contest, Fury took on and stopped Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (28-3, 19 KO’s) by way of sixth round technical knockout. The bout, fought in front of 94,000 at Wembley Stadium, stood as The Gypsy King’s second defense of his title.
FINALLY GOT THAT SHOT
Despite the larger than life aspect of this prizefight, the build-up was exceedingly anticlimactic. This is primarily due to Whyte’s absolute refusal to participate in the pre-fight hype. The Body Snatcher did not show up or take part in anything until the literal week of the match. Aside from this, Whyte entered the duel having just avenged his loss to aged veteran Alexander Povetkin. After the infamous Russian bruiser knocked him out on August 22, 2020, Whyte returned the favor and stopped Povetkin last March.
Prior to the Povetkin setback, Whyte was riding a 11-fight, 5-year win streak since suffering his only other pro loss to Anthony Joshua. The defeat will certainly come as a major setback for The Body Snatcher who has been pressing for this WBC title shot for years. In fact, Whyte was initially pressing for a duel with Deontay Wilder, before he lost his title to Fury. It’s unclear what Whyte will do in his next affair yet there is no doubt that this outcome will stand as a very costly setback.
THE ONE AND ONLY
The win officially puts Fury on a 5-fight win streak since being saddled with a draw versus Deontay Wilder in their premiere dustup back in 2018. With the heavyweight division set up the way that it is, The Gypsy King will more than likely wait on the winner of Anthony Joshua versus WBA super, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk. Barring any undue foolery, Fury versus the winner of this bout would crown the undisputed champion of the division.
While on the surface this appears to be a no-brainer, Fury has repeatedly insinuated and flat-out said he is approaching the end of his career. With his walking away being a very real possibility, we will just have to wait and see what the wild man from the UK does with his next move.
ONE SHOT, ONE KILL
The opening bout was little more than the two fighters pawing at one another’s lead hand in what looked like a game of patty-cake. It is worth noting though that the normally orthodox Whyte came out and fought as a southpaw for the whole round. Fury would come out southpaw in the second while The Body Snatcher went orthodox. The Gypsy King began finding his range a bit in the second. While nothing of supreme consequence landed, he was clearly falling into a grove and moving more smoothly around the ring.
The fourth was full of posturing, jaw-jacking, clinches, two extended ref warnings and a clash of heads that slapped a cut on Whyte’s right eye. Aside from the headbutt, there was not very much significant action. Fury continued to use this notable length advantage to fight the match at range. Paying his own moniker no heed, Whyte largely neglected the body and went near exclusively for out-of-reach head-shots.
The fight continued in rather monotonous fashion until the sixth when Fury blasted a right uppercut and blatant shove that laid Whyte flat out on his back. Technically, The Body Snatcher beat the count but then he began swaying around like the inflated man at a used car lot. His uncoordinated movements prompted referee Mark Lyson to stop the fight. In his post-fight interview, Fury stated that this would be his final professional fight, yet only time will tell.
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By: Bakari Simpson