Tyson Fury has claimed Dillian Whyte admitted he was hurt by the champion’s body shots before being stopped in their title fight.
Fury successfully defended his WBC heavyweight title against British rival Whyte at Wembley in front of a record crowd in April. The ‘Body Snatcher’ was looking to capitalise on a long wait for a title shot but was dominated from the opening bell before being stopped in the sixth round.
Fury controlled the fight for large portions before detonating a huge uppercut to send his rival to the canvas and close the show. And the 34-year-old remembers looking to land the more powerful shots after Whyte suggested he was struggling to keep pace with the champion.
“Timing was everything in a war like this,” Fury recalled in his new book, Gloves Off. “Although my opponent was obviously vulnerable, there was no point in me playing up to the crowd, or toying with him like a mouse. My priority was to get the job done, with no messing around, but I had to strike at the right time. In the fifth I hit him with a left hook to the body, slipping inside and breaking him with the shot.
“He was hurting. I could tell because his arms dropped immediately. ‘I’ve just hurt The Bodysnatcher with a left hook to the body,’ I said. ‘Are you hurting, Bodysnatcher?’ Whyte grimaced through his gumshield. ‘I am,’ he mumbled. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. He’d admitted it. ‘Right then, you’re going to get some more now.’
“I took my time and picked the strikes, snapping Whyte’s head back again, waiting for his weaker side to open up for the perfect bomb. He was swinging it wildly and missing by miles. I laughed at him. ‘You think that’s ever going to hit me? You must be joking.’”
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Fury then began to describe the KO punch, in which he pleaded with the referee to stop the fight after seeing his rival clearly struggling on the canvas. ‘Then, in the sixth, I saw my moment,” he continued. “Sod it, I thought, If he’s seen me see it, he knows. But I’m going in anyway, and pow!
“The other glove then pulverised him with a sledgehammer right, an uppercut. The hit was so powerful that one of Whyte’s teeth was smacked clean out – anyone watching on the telly would have seen a little white spot spiralling up into the air in slow motion – and it was all too much for him.”
After coming up short in his title plan, Whyte is now eyeing a second meeting with Fury in the future after the ‘Gypsy King’ confirmed his plans to make a U-turn on retirement. He felt aggrieved by the nature of the stoppage and claimed in the aftermath of the fight that he was pushed to the canvas by the shot.