Tyson Fury Beats Dillian Whyte Via 6th-Round TKO to Keep Heavyweight Title

Nate Loop@Nate_LoopFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2022

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Tyson Fury reacts to victory after the WBC World Heavyweight Title Fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium on April 23, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) turned an ugly fight into a testament to his boxing ability with one punch Saturday night, knocking out Dillian Whyte (28-3, 19 KOs) in the sixth round with a right uppercut to retain the WBC world heavyweight title in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London.

The highly anticipated bout was a rough-and-tumble brawl for the most part, with fouls committed on both sides. Fury was in control throughout, however, boxing well from the outside when he was able to get separation from Whyte. He ended the one-sided affair in style, connecting with a haymaker that Whyte couldn't recover from.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

WHYTE GOT ROCKED BY FURY 😱😱 #FuryWhyte (via @trboxing) https://t.co/C2LVDfqp1p

This is Fury's second successful defense of the WBC world heavyweight title he won from Deontay Wilder in February 2020. He also maintains his claim as the lineal heavyweight champion, having kept an undefeated record since beating longtime champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.

After the fight, Fury suggested he's ready to retire, saying "this might be the final curtain for the 'Gypsy King'," per the pay-per-view broadcast.

If this is indeed Fury's final bout, it's a fine way to go out. The 33-year-old showed he was on another level entirely from Whyte, who was the mandatory challenger for the WBC belt. 

CompuBox @CompuBox

Another day at the office for @Tyson_Fury, as he landed 13 of 41 punches per round to just 5 of 29 for @DillianWhyte, who was finished with a single right uppercut that electrified the 94,000 fans in attendance at Wembley. Fury landed 47% of his power punches #FuryWhyte https://t.co/0vddBwqU4A

Michael Benson @MichaelBensonn

Tyson Fury becomes the third person to beat Dillian Whyte and the third person to do so by KOing him with a huge uppercut. First Anthony Joshua, then Alexander Povetkin and now Fury.

Whyte, 34, knew he had to add some wrinkles to his attack if he wanted to get to Fury, so he started the match by coming out in a southpaw stance. The surprise move didn't seem to do much other than inspire Fury, who switched to southpaw himself for a stretch in the second round.

As for the early action itself, Whyte repeatedly dialed up the overhand right but failed to connect, while Fury stayed out of range and boxed comfortably behind the jab.

Brian Campbell @BCampbell

Whyte can't win a boxing match in which he's taking backward steps. Fury is too long and savvy. There will come a big surge but it needs to be more than one punch at a time. #FuryWhyte

The fourth round saw Fury land a right hand and open a cut over Whyte's right eye. The fight got rougher from that point on, with both men going to the clinch and trying to gain an advantage at close range. Whyte tagged Fury with a few illegal punches to the back of the head, and Fury got a talking to from the referee for refusing to break.

Andreas Hale @AndreasHale

Fury fires a straight right down the middle that lands. Whyte barely misses a bomb of a left hand. Fury starting to go to work. They clinch again. Some filthy clinch work. Whyte is punching Fury behind the head and Fury's corner throws water. WTF is going on?

The fifth round saw less clinching, but not a whole lot of action. Whyte tried to press the champion, knowing he needed to generate some offense. He loaded up on the power punches, but Fury had little trouble avoiding the telegraphed attacks. Fury maintained his composure and took care of the basics, tagging Whyte with shots to the body and doubling up on the jab.

Mike Coppinger @MikeCoppinger

Round 5: Whyte continues to dig to the body and is far more effective than earlier in the bout, but anytime Fury pushes the fight to the middle of the ring, Tyson in command. Whyte is looking for one big shot that hasn't materialized. 10-9, Fury. 50-45, Fury

Whyte's ineffective attacks may have taken the wind out of his sails, as Fury's winning punch was a bolt from the blue. He cast out a couple of jabs to find the distance on Whyte, then snuck in the uppercut between the guard. It was an obvious winner, as Whyte landed spread eagle on the canvas. The challenger was able to beat the count, but he was still clearly dazed and the referee called the fight.

Lou DiBella @loudibella

Great uppercut by the Gypsy King. Goodnight!!!!! #boxing

If Fury wants to retire after this bout, his legacy will be secure. The only real temptation for him would be a title-unification fight against the winner of the Oleksandr Usyk-Anthony Joshua rematch set for later this year.