Fury Retains Heavyweight Title with Brutal Right Uppercut, and Hints at Retirement

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The right uppercut that ended the fight in the 6th round. Photo: Ringside Seat

Wembley Stadium, London. Tyson Fury has retained his WBC heavyweight title with a right perfect uppercut after six one-sided rounds against Dillian Whyte before a 94,000 sold-out crowd at Wembley Stadium.

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Fury (32-0-1) landed a brutal right uppercut and followed with a shove that sent Whyte immediately to the mat before the referee stepped in to end it early.

Fury’s revved up the crowd in his post-bout interview by treating them to a rendition of the classic American Pie, but not before he gave his usual dedication to God, and also paid tribute to his trainer.

“As always, I dedicate this to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He gave me the victory again tonight, and I give him the glory.. in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, I won this fight in this country tonight, in my home!, my England!…”

“We are Spartaaan!” he yells to the top of his voice.

The undefeated boxing great said his fellow-Brit has a “heart of a lion” and will go on to be a world champion, “Dillian Whyte is a warrior.. but I am one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, and unfortunately for Dillian Whyte, he had to face me here tonight.. he’s got the heart of a lion, but he wasn’t facing a mediocre fighter, he was facing the best heavyweight on the planet..”

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Asked if the ferocious uppercut was the best punch of his career, he said as a professional, it was an uppercut, “I think Lennox Lewis would be proud of that right uppercut!”

Fury paid tribute to his trainer and said SugarHill Steward is the best trainer in world boxing who has made him into the great fighter that his is.

“Years ago, I used to jib and jab, touch and slide, but that’s not what you saw tonight,” he says as he places an arm around his trainer. “Sugar, what a legend you are mate, you have made me the biggest puncher in the heavyweight division by a mile.. Tell them why..”

Steward responded, “Big knock out punches, big dogs, take your time, you work hard, and that’s a testament to you and to everybody else, to know that hard work does pay off..”

Steward said Tyson Fury was on top, but still took the time to allow himself to be improved further. “You just let me mould you and take you all the way to where you are right now..”

Asked if this would be his last fight, the 33 year old “Gypsy King” said he had promised his wife after Wilder III that would be it.

“But I got offered to fight at Wembley, at home, and I believe I owed my fans this.. now that’s done, I think this could be the final curtain for the Gypsy King. And what a way to go out!”

The hints at retirement drew the first audible ‘boo’ from the crowd, who had come out in full force for one of the biggest clashes in the history of British heavyweight boxing, with plenty of cheers for both boxers as they made their entrances.

Fury looked the sharper fighter throughout the bout, while Whyte, 34, struggled to manage range, and the “Bodysnatcher” found himself jabbing from far too great a distance. A legitimate top-five heavyweight in the world who has led the WBC rankings since November 2017, Whyte was quickly made aware of what an impossible proposition his former sparring partner had become.

The anticipated all-action challenge did not materialise for fans across the globe, but the finish was immaculate when Fury uncorked a beauty of a shot on the point of Whyte’s chin. A punch that will surely be talked about for years to come.

The right uppercut that ended the fight in the 6th round. Photo: Ringside Seat