Tyson Fury knocks out Dillian Whyte with brutal uppercut to defend world titles

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Tyson Fury was the homecoming king as he delivered a spectacular knockout of Dillian Whyte.

The Gypsy King retained his WBC heavyweight title by flattening the Brixton bruiser with a wonder of a right uppercut.

It was a brutal one-punch knockout in the sixth round that further enhanced the Brit’s reputation as the best heavyweight on the planet.

This looked like it might be Fury going back to his old style of effectively outboxing his foe but he then pulled out the beauty of the shot that ended Whyte’s dream of becoming a world champion.

He claimed it was the last punch he will ever throw. What a way to go out if it is.

Fury, 33, set up the shot with a pawing jab but, as Whyte leaned in, he pulled the right uppercut up.

Whyte, 34, struggled to his feet just before the count of 10 but referee Mark Lyson waved it off when the Body Snatcher stumbled forward.

It was brave to even rise from the canvas.

The fight may have been bubbling along slowly but it was a sensational finish that delighted the 94,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

Fury was back fighting on UK soil for the first time in four years. This was his homecoming after he went to the US and dethroned Deontay Wilder as the WBC champion.

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Whyte had been pushing for this world title shot since Wilder held the belt. He turned down a mega money offer to fight Anthony Joshua before thinking he would get this opportunity.

He even took the battle to the courts to force it to happen.

This was his chance to shine on the grandest of stages and get what he deserved.

Whyte walked out to AC/DC but was jeered by the Fury-favouring crowd.

Fury, with the English flag on his gloves to mark St George’s Day, made Whyte wait for what seemed an age as Don McLean’s American Pie was played out even before the Gypsy King entered the stadium.

Whyte was going through warm-up routines with a towel round his neck to keep himself warm as Fury lapped up the adoration on the ring walk that turned into the Morecambe man jogging to Kings of Leon’s Sex on Fire.

When the fight finally got underway, Whyte shocked everyone by coming out as a southpaw.

The tactic seemed to puzzle Fury, who was tentative in the opening round as he stood off the challenger and popped out his jab.

Whyte’s success came with the odd body shot.

Then both men switched stances at the start of the second round before Fury reverted to his natural orthodox.

Fury landed a stinging right to take the second with Whyte already resorting to wild swings that were missing.

Whyte was struggling to close the distance against the much bigger man and Fury was able to land straight shots through his guard.

The Body Snatcher’s shots to the midriff were turning the torso of the Gypsy King a shade of red but they didn’t seem to be bothering him too much.

Fury landed a big right at the start of the fourth before referee Lyson intervened after a clash of heads opened up a cut over the right eye of the challenger.

Whyte finally got Fury’s attention with a sharp left hook. It was a scrappy round but Whyte was unravelling as his right eye started to swell up.

Fury was starting to up the pace in the fifth as he continued to get through with straight shots and little coming back from Whyte.

The build-up to the fight had been dominated by Fury’s links to alleged crime boss Daniel Kinahan.

Those around the Brit insisted he wouldn’t be distracted by the sanctioning of the man he has been advised by.

He was not as aggressive and dominant as he was against Wilder in his last two fights but he was in control here.

Whyte was lunging in and having no luck in the fifth. It was effective from Fury but not the thriller the 94,000 fans came along to see at the national stadium.

Then they got the finish they came for though.

Fury claimed this will be the last fight of his career. It’s hard to believe that. But if that was the final punch he has thrown then what a shot it was.

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