Tyson Fury retained his WBC world heavyweight title by stopping Dillian Whyte near the end of the sixth round on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium.
The fight was a cagey bout but Fury controlled the match. The referee had to warn the fighters for some roughhouse brawling, But the champion brought the fight to a shuddering conclusion.
Fury kept Whyte at arm’s length throughout the fight and was under no serious threat from the challenger.
Fury unleashed a ferocious uppercut to put the challenger down in the six round. Whyte was badly dazed and the referee called a halt to the fight.
This was Fury’s first fight and title defence after knocking out Wilder in 2020 and 2021 were he made claims of retiring afterwards.
The Champion said after the fight that “Dillian Whyte is a warrior, and I believe he’ll be a world champion – but tonight, he met a warrior. He’s got the heart of a lion, but he’s messing with the best heavyweight on the planet. I think Lennox Lewis would be proud of that right uppercut!”
But the BT Sport pundits – Lennox Lewis, Carl Frampton and David Haye – don’t seem convinced by Fury’s retirement talk. Haye still expects Fury to be tempted by a unification bout against either Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk.
Lewis calls Fury’s performance “a masterclass”, adding “he’s undefeated, most of his fights are historical – he’s definitely up there among the greats.” Frampton says that nobody outside Fury’s camp expected that fight to be so easy.