It was a true master boxing lesson from Fury, which cemented his place at the top of this generation’s heavyweight division.
Whyte entered the fray with serious aspirations to take the WBC belt from Fury, but he outplayed him and beat the opening bell in one of the most highly anticipated heavyweight matches in modern history.
“he is [Whyte] “I didn’t fight the world champion tonight,” Fury said in his post-match press conference. “I am not the world champion, I am a legend in this game. You cannot deny it, I am the best heavyweight ever.”
94,000 tickets were sold out in just hours and set an all-time record for the highest attendance at a boxing match in Europe and the largest in the world of the 21st century.
Wembley was full for more than three-quarters of an hour before Fury and Whyte took to the track – perhaps unsurprising given that some fans paid around £2,000 ($2,570) for more premium seats.
With both fighters from the UK – Fury of Manchester and Whyte of London – both were treated to a raucous reception as they first appeared on the big screens, with Fury narrowly beating Whyte on the decibel scale.
With his larger-than-life personality and incredible technical ability, Fury boasts a unique magnetism and is popular among British boxing enthusiasts, but Whyte’s determination and determination during his sometimes career rollercoaster career made him much loved by the crowd.
This shot at the WBC Heavyweight Championship was long overdue and many felt like it was long overdue.
The build of the fight was uncharacteristically friendly by the standards of the heavyweight division, with both men clearly holding a great deal of respect for each other.
The pair shared a number of comedic moments during fight week, particularly when they competed in a weight dance.
Fury also elicited a burst of media-gathered laughter during Wednesday’s press conference when he playfully grabbed Whyte during the confrontation.
“War” in the ring
But as expected, any compliments dissipated when the first bell rang; Fury had promised fans a “real war” in the ring and it was definitely a promise he delivered.
With the defending champion having the superior skill should the fight go on and the points be decided, Whyte knew his only realistic shot in claiming the title was by taking out Fury, so he understandably started with the front foot.
After a tentative opening round, Whyte came out swinging a starter second with a massive right hook that Fury elegantly dodged, drawing the first “Oh” from the crowd.
As the third round drew to a close, Fury fired two hits at Wyatt and gave himself a nod of approval.
By the fourth, the compliments were really over. Whyte seemed upset with Fury for his apparent use of the header, prompting referee Mark Lyson to give both men a stern talk in their corner.
The clash stirred up quite a bit of animosity in the fight, with Lyson once again having to break up the fighters after they took a number of punches at each other while snatching them into a corner.
For a split second, White looked like he was going to Fury after the bell went, seemingly unsatisfied with what he initially thought was a late blow.
Such was the growing tension, the referee had to bring the two fighters together in the middle of the ring before the start of the fifth round.
The crowd inside Wembley was brought to his feet after Fury delivered an initial blow to White’s body, before making his opponent reeling for the first time with a headshot.
Whyte began looking increasingly desperate as the sixth round dragged on, and ended up in the ropes after aiming for a wild swing that Fury easily avoided.
The beginning of the end for Wyatt was visibly exhausted.
With his guard off, Whyte walked right on his ricocheted right hand from Fury.
The lights were instantly turned off for White, who fell straight on his back like a big felled tree. Well made him get back on his feet, but Lyson had to stop fighting after Whyte slipped him over.
What’s next, Fury?
Now the question is: What’s next for Fury? The 33-year-old insisted several times during the week that he retire after this fight, a claim that training partner Joseph Parker described as “very honest”.
Fury said in his post-fight interview that this has now become a “curtain” for his boxing career.
It remains to be seen whether or not Fury will stick to his word, but this is a fighter who is still at the peak of his power and the idea of uniting the heavyweight titles should remain a perplexing proposition, even for a man who has achieved so much in the sport.
After dismantling Anthony Joshua, Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk secured other heavyweight belts and a fight between Fury and any of these fighters would be a mouth-watering battle for fans of the sport.
With 94,000 fans commenting on his every word and joining now to introduce his brand of Don McLean’s American Pie, it would certainly be difficult for Fury to say no to anyone last night under the spotlight.
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