Tyson Fury Knocks Out Dillian Whyte In 6
Photos from Mikey Williams - Top Rank
After not having fought in his native land for almost
four years, Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) returned home
with a spectacular sixth-round knockout in front of a
record-breaking 94,000 fans Saturday evening at Wembley
Stadium in London.
The WBC/Lineal/Ring Magazine heavyweight champion
defended his crown against former training partner
Dillian Whyte with a vicious right uppercut that
immediately ended matters at 2:59 of the sixth row. Fury
(32-0-1, 23 KOs) has now won four of his last five
fights via stoppage.
To start the bout, both men attempted to engage in a bit
of mind games, with Whyte (28-3, 19 KOs) entering the
first round by working from a southpaw stance. The roles
reversed in the following round with Fury commencing his
attack from a left-handed position. But by the third
round, none of that even mattered as Fury, now orthodox
again, began snapping his jab, finding his rhythm and
even smiling at Whyte as he began lunging with shots in
the fourth and fifth rounds.
By this point, Fury had seen what kind of openings could
be made when leading with his left hand as Whyte often
used a cross-armed defense to evade shots. That’s when
the “Gypsy King” circled in on his target to touch Whyte
with a left hand before landing a fight-finishing
uppercut that knocked the “Body Snatcher” down and out.
Fury said, “I’m overwhelmed with the support. I can’t
believe that my 94,000 countrymen and women have come
here tonight to see my perform. I just want to say from
the bottom of my heart, thank you so much to every
single person who bought a ticket here tonight or stayed
up late to watch it on TV.
“Dillian Whyte is a warrior. And I believe that Dillian
will be a world champion. But tonight, he met a great in
the sport. I’m one of the greatest heavyweights of all
time. And unfortunately for Dillian Whyte, he had to
face me here tonight. There’s no disgrace. He’s a tough,
game man. He’s as strong as a bull. He’s got the heart
of a lion. But you’re not messing with a mediocre
heavyweight. You’re messing with the best man on the
planet. And you saw that tonight with what happened.
“I think Lennox Lewis could even be proud of the right
Essuman Decisions Tetley
Undefeated welterweight Ekow Essuman (17-0, 7 KOs)
retained his British, Commonwealth, and IBF European
147-pound titles with a 12-round unanimous decision win
against Englishman Darren Tetley (21-3, 9 KOs) in the
night’s co-feature. Two judges scored the fight 116-112
for Essuman, while a third had it 117-111.
In undercard action:
Featherweight: Liverpool’s Nick Ball (15-0, 8 KOs)
captured the WBC Silver Featherweight Title with a
stoppage win over Isaac Lowe (21-2-3, 6 KOs). Ball
dropped Lowe in the second round, and he managed to
survive. Lowe was then cut by an accidental headbutt
over his left eye in the third round as he continued to
receive punches in the following rounds. Ball eventually
stopped his foe with fight-finishing flurry at 1:45 of
the sixth round.
Heavyweight: London native David Adeleye (9-0, 8 KOs)
battered fellow Englishman Chris Healey (9-9, 2 KOs) en
route to a TKO win. The referee halted the action at :52
of the fourth round.
Light Heavyweight: Tommy Fury (8-0, 4 KOs), the
22-year-old younger brother of the “Gypsy King,”
defeated Daniel Bocianski (10-2, 2 KOs) of Nowy Sacz,
Poland, via decision. Score: 60-54.
Light Heavyweight: Karol Itauma (7-0, 5 KOs), a rising
southpaw of Slovak origin who lives in the U.K., scored
a second-round technical knockout against Michal Ciach
(2-12, 1 KO) of Poznan, Poland. Time of stoppage: 2:27.
Junior Lightweight: English prospect Royston
Barney-Smith (2-0) scored a decision win against
Romanian Constantin Radoi (0-11). Score: 40-36.