Boxing: Fury Knocks Whyte Out, Retains WBC Heavyweight Crown

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Tyson Fury scored a stunning technical knockout victory against Dillian Whyte, landing a right uppercut to beat the challenger in the sixth round and retain the WBC heavyweight world championship at the Wembley Stadium in England.

Though dominating on the scorecards, Fury struggled to show the slick, intelligent boxing that saw him climb to the top of the heavyweight division as the fight turned into a bad-tempered affair that referee Mark Lyson struggled to control.

Whyte came out throwing  jabs in the opening round, but the 33-year-old Fury defended well. Possessing a considerable height and reach advantage, Fury fought most of the fight on the outside, controlling the distance with his jab and punishing his fellow Briton with lead hooks as the challenger tried to close the distance.

Tyson Fury (R) throws punch at Dillian Whyte (L) during boxing match at Wembley stadium

Both fighters threw shots on the break and a cut opened up over Whyte’s right eye after a clash of heads.

Fury brought the fight to a stunning close with a blistering right uppercut out of nowhere to send Whyte crashing to the canvas, and though he got back to his feet, Lyson waved the fight off.

Fury, who extended his unbeaten record to 32 wins and a draw, with 23 knockouts, said it was unlikely that he would fight again, and if the right uppercut that downed Whyte was the last punch of his career, it was a high note to end on.

Tyson Fury knocks down Dillian Whyte

“I owed it to the fans, I owed it to every person in the United Kingdom to come here and fight at Wembley and now it’s all done,” a triumphant Fury said in the ring before referring to a promise he had made to his wife Paris to retire.

“I have to be a man of my word, and I think this might be the final curtain for the Gypsy King, and what a way to go out.”

Chidi Nwoke/Reuters.

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