Tyson Fury requested that Wembley proclaim his greatness in what he said would be his final battle. Fury stunned many by boxing on the front foot in his most recent fight, the third of a trilogy against Deontay Wilder. But he was as elusive as the Scarlet Pimpernel in this situation.
“Dillian is a fighter,” Tyson Fury remarked. “And I believe Dillian will win the world title.” But he met a legend in the sport tonight. “I’m one of the all-time great heavyweights.”
Many of the fans were dressed to the nines in Stone Island and Hugo Boss, and they greeted Tyson Fury like a returning hero in his first fight in the United Kingdom in almost three years. They cheered him on as he walked into the ring, as he landed that sixth-round knockout, and as the WBC heavyweight belt was slid back around his waist at the end.
Wembley Stadium transformed into a carnivorous pit as soon as Tyson Fury introduced. Forget about the fact that two popular British fighters were squaring off for the WBC heavyweight title; the crowd’s support was as lopsided as the outcome.
To put it lightly, these scenes were exceptional in more ways than one. After all, Tyson Fury had spent the previous week refusing to reveal. The extent of his current relationship with alleged Irish gangster Daniel Kinahan, who the US government claims is the leader of a criminal organization. That joins “the ranks of the Camorra and Japan’s yakuza” and wants for a $5 million bounty.
It didn’t make a difference. Tyson Fury’s redemption narrative, from deep melancholy to the top of the world again, was what most chevaliers at Wembley cared about.
In the opening round, Whyte attempted to throw his opponent by adopting a southpaw posture, but it had little effect. Instead, Tyson Fury built that difficult-to-evade pawing jab before launching lacerating power blows. The fight’s pattern is determine early on. And once Tyson Fury landed, Whyte’s work became more frantic and furious.
Before the battle, Whyte advocated for the premise that large boxers age more quickly. As he wore down by the bigger and faster man, there was no trace of that.
Whyte tried to score an overhand right haymaker on a regular basis, but Tyson Fury was too quick and astute. He sliced over his right eye in round four. He rocked in the fifth. And then it was over in the sixth.