94,000 fans crammed into an expectant Wembley Stadium on Saturday night to witness what could potentially be the last time the WBC heavyweight king Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) steps into the squared circle in a professional capacity (I’ll elaborate further later) but those who were lucky enough to secure their entry were gifted with the sixth round sumptuous knock out of mandatory challenger Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (28-3, 19 KOs).
The fight in regard to Whyte’s challenge never got going or should that read, was never allowed to do so with Fury outboxing Whyte for the entirety of the contest.
The retirement cake had already been baked during the five previous rounds but the cherry on the top came in the sixth courtesy of a HUGE uppercut that sent Whyte crashing to the canvas. Whyte somehow found his feet but the action was fruitless as the referee took a concerning look before making the decision to end the contest at 2:49.
“Dillian Whyte is a warrior and I believe he’ll be a world champion,” said Fury (32-0-1, 23 knockouts) during his post-fight interview. “Unfortunately, he had to fight me tonight. I’m one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time. Lennox Lewis would have been proud of that right uppercut tonight.”
“I said this was gonna be an exceptional performance, I could feel it. My feet were good. My jab was good. I was jabbing the head off him.
“I hit the body snatcher with a left hook to the body and said to him, ‘You’re hurt aren’t you, body snatcher?’ He said, “Yeah….(struggling). I was on fire tonight. I really enjoyed myself.”
It had been a long two and a half year absence for Fury having fought Wilder in America on two occasions but he provided entertainment for his people one last time.
“What a welcome I had tonight in front of 97,000 fans,” remarked Fury. “I don’t think there’s an entertainer, a sportsman, that can pull that in. “
Journalists have been quick to second guess the intentions of the ‘Gypsy King’ finding it unfathomable that he would walk away without the need to seek a matchup with Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk but he was unshakeable in his decision.
“I promised my lovely wife, Paris, of 14 years that after the Wilder 3 fight that would be it, and I meant it,” Fury said moments after the fight. “It was a great trilogy and I meant that. …
“But I got offered to fight at Wembley, at home, a fight I deserved — I owed it to the fans … I owed it to every person in the U.K. to fight at Wembley. And now it’s all gone, I have to be a man of my word and think this is it. This might be the final curtain of the Gypsy King.”
It would be with an heavy heart to see him exit the boxing scene but maybe just maybe we will see him in another capacity in the not too distant future. At the start of this segment I stated that it could be the end for Fury in a professional capacity which doesn’t mean in another, recently both he and current UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou have talked about an hybrid exhibition fight.
“Big Francis Ngannou is here today, he’s on my hit list in an exhibition fight, however he wants it: in a cage, in a boxing ring, boxing gloves, UFC gloves, we can make it happen. I think everyone wants to see it. He’s a monster of a guy, I’m a monster of a guy, so it will be a clash of the titans for sure.”
Ngannou added in an interview with BT Sport: “Definitely sometime next year, 2023, that fight will happen, because by the end of this year we’re gonna sort it out and get settled. Ready to go. Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou in Africa, that would be the best one. The Rumble in the Jungle 2.”