Tyson Fury under fire for 'illegal' act during Dillian Whyte fight

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Tyson Fury has been accused of using 'dirty' and 'illegal' tactics in his KO victory over Dillian Whyte at Wembley. Pic: Getty
Tyson Fury has been accused of using 'dirty' and 'illegal' tactics in his KO victory over Dillian Whyte at Wembley. Pic: Getty

Undefeated heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has been called out over what's been described as an "illegal" act in his latest victory against Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium over the weekend.

Fury retained his WBC heavyweight world title with a sixth round stoppage against Whyte - dropping his opponent with a devastating right upper cut.

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However, Whyte believes the referee should have penalised Fury for shoving him before his head thumped against the canvas.

Replays showed Fury connecting with the brutal uppercut, before a clearly dazed Whyte swayed towards his opponent.

Fury can then be seen pushing Whyte away with box gloves, before his opponent hit the canvas and the fight ended.

"I was buzzed but obviously I was trying to regather my senses and he proper pushed me and I fell over and hit my head on the canvas, which is illegal," Whyte told Sky Sports on Monday.

"This isn't wrestling, this is boxing. I should have been allowed extra time to recover and then carried on fighting.

"I got caught, no doubt about it. I got caught by a good shot. I was hurt, I was trying to get my senses together and he full on, two-handed pushed me. It wasn't like a one-armed thing.

"I should have had time to recover, time to go back to my corner, but Tyson Fury gets away with a lot of things."

Whyte also accused Fury of other "dirty" tactics during the fight, claiming the 33-year-old head-butted him after he sustained a gash over his right eye.

Tyson Fury celebrates after knocking out Dillian Whyte in their WBC heavyweight title fight. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)
Tyson Fury celebrates after knocking out Dillian Whyte in their WBC heavyweight title fight. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

It was the first time Whyte had sustained a cut in 31 professional fights.

"He kept on leaning down to the side and putting the head in and stuff like that," he said.

"He leans down and he put the head in, he clashed with me and I got the cut and obviously the ref started telling me off.

"The fight spiralled a bit, until he started punching me in the back of the head. I started doing it to him and then his corner started throwing water and stuff like that, which was a bit crazy.

"I kept on getting all the blame. He was the one that was holding, he was the one that was headbutting and being dirty in the fight."

Tyson Fury to retire from professional boxing

Following the victory, Fury indicated that he was likely to retire from boxing, although an exhibition bout with UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is on the cards.

If it was to be his final boxing bout then the 33-year-old bowed out in supreme fashion, dictating the tempo to the joy of a post-war British record crowd of 94,000.

Whyte courageously beat the count but it was clear he was still on rubbery legs as he stumbled into referee Mark Lyson, who immediately ended proceedings with one second left in the sixth round.

Fury, who extended his unbeaten record to 33 fights with 32 wins and a draw, celebrated by treating the crowd to a rendition of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’, one of the songs played in his elaborate entrance.

But when asked whether he could be tempted to face the winner of a rematch, pencilled in for the summer between WBA, IBF and WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk and domestic foe Anthony Joshua, Fury was unequivocal.

“I’ve spent a lot of time on the road, I’ve been away a long time,” he said. “I’ve fulfilled everything I’ve ever wanted to fulfil.

“I’m going to retire as only the second heavyweight in history, after Rocky Marciano, to retire undefeated.”

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