What could be the final punch of Tyson Fury’s controversial boxing career slammed into Dillian Whyte’s chin, sending him to the canvas and one of his teeth flying through the air.
Fury raised his right hand in celebration, knowing there would be no return from an uppercut seemingly felt all around Wembley Stadium.
And of course there was none.
With a brutal finish in the dying seconds of round six, Fury beat Whyte – fellow Briton and former training partner – in front of more than 94,000 fans inside England’s national football stadium to remain unbeaten with the 32nd win in his 33-fight professional. career.
And that, said Fury, 33, could be that.
“This could be the final curtain for the Gypsy King,” Fury said in the ring, with his WBC and Ring Magazine belts slung around his shoulders. “What a way out. “He wasn’t quite done there. A born entertainer, Fury delivered the greatest ability ever for a boxing match in Britain, a now familiar post-fight rendition of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’. He celebrated with his team and posed for pictures with children, wearing the red-white and white colors of the flag of England on St George’s Day.
Fury may have been soaking up his final moments in a ring after 14 years as a professional. For his last fight – or so he says – he gave a clinic.
After a thrilling trilogy with Deontay Wilder in the United States, Whyte was a big step back for Fury, who mostly played with his compatriot after testing him in a few wary opening rounds.
Fury controlled the fight without much practice until the fifth round, which he dominated. A jab to the body and then a straight right rocked Whyte, pushing the crowd forward.
On what turned out to be the final lap, Whyte was starting to breathe harder and had a cut around his right eye – potentially from a clash of heads.
Whyte – the longtime mandatory challenger – was mostly reckless with big but wayward shots. He tried to play hard and get inside Fury’s head, while hoping to land the one big punch to turn him into a superstar overnight.
In the end, it came from Fury’s right hand, which sent Whyte crashing to the canvas.
Whyte finally got up and tried to show he was ready to continue, but then staggered towards the ropes, causing the referee to end the fight.
Fury called him a ‘show-stopper at Wembley Stadium.’ ‘He’s as strong as a bull and has the heart of a lion,’ Fury said of Whyte, ‘but tonight he met a great in the sport, one of the greatest heavyweights of all time.
“I think,” Fury added, “even Lennox Lewis would be proud of that uppercut.” If he retires, Fury will become Britain’s biggest heavyweight, overtaking Lewis.
What could still keep him going is the chance to be the undisputed champion in what could be a hugely lucrative fight against Oleksandr Usyk or Anthony Joshua.
Usyk beat Joshua last September to win the WBA, IBF and WBO belts and is preparing for a rematch with Joshua after leaving his native Ukraine, where he was helping his country in the war with Russia.
That’s all Fury would have left to claim among the current crop of heavyweights in an average era for the sport’s marquee division, which would be a quieter place were it not for the 6ft 9in Briton whose mouth and opinions he have caused trouble over the years. .
“I’ve never experienced anything like this before – I messed up my ring walk!” Said Fury, who stepped out in a red and white dress, blowing kisses to the crowd before the lights went out. fireworks light up Wembley.
He ran to the ring and sat down on a throne. He then showed he was the heavyweight king, at least far too good for Whyte.
“He didn’t just fight a world champion in this match,” Fury said. “I’m a legend…what a way to top it off. “Just to be sure, Fury was asked one last time: Is that really it? “I really mean it,” he said.
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