'Oh my God': Tyson Fury stuns boxing world with 'uppercut from hell'

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Tyson Fury, pictured here beating Dillian Whyte with a sensational sixth-round knockout.
Tyson Fury beat Dillian Whyte with a sensational sixth-round knockout. Image: Getty/BT Sport

Tyson Fury has sent the boxing world into pandemonium with an incredible sixth-round knockout of Dillian Whyte in their heavyweight showdown in London.

Fury retained his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday with a brutal KO in front of a packed crowd at Wembley Stadium.

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A massive right uppercut from Fury sent Whyte crashing to the canvas, and although the challenger got to his feet the referee waved off the fight.

It was the third loss of Whyte's career, adding to defeats against Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin - the latter of which he avenged.

Fury remains undefeated, with a draw against Deontay Wilder the only tiny blemish on his 32-1-0 record (23 knockouts).

Fury toyed with Whyte for much of a cagey fight, with Whyte - the long-time mandatory challenger - mostly reckless with some big, wayward shots.

Whyte could have few complaints at a halt being called with just one second remaining before the fight reached the midway point as he was clearly on unsteady legs after the first significant strike of the bout.

Fury was able to use his considerable height and reach advantage to keep Whyte at bay, while the challenger was made to look clumsy and cumbersome.

Whyte, cut over his right eye after an accidental clash of heads, was first installed as the WBC's No.1 contender nearly four years ago but he was unable to impose himself.

The 33-year-old Fury appeared to confirm speculation after the fight that this was his final bout.

"I think this is it - this could be the final curtain for the Gypsy King," he said in the ring.

"Dillian Whyte is a warrior and I believe he will be a world champion but tonight he met a great in the sport - I'm one of the greatest of all time.

"But you're messing with the best man on the planet and tonight you saw that with what happened.

“Lennox Lewis could even be proud of that right uppercut tonight."

Tyson Fury, pictured here celebrating after knocking out Dillian Whyte.
Tyson Fury celebrates after knocking out Dillian Whyte. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Boxing world erupts over Tyson Fury 'uppercut from hell'

Lewis said in commentary: "He's the best heavyweight in the world at the moment - there's nothing stopping him.

"I would understand it [if he would retire] but it would be a shame. I think he's going to be back in the ring."

Fury said: "I promised my wife that would be it after the (Deontay) Wilder fight. But I got offered a fight at Wembley and I owed it to the fans. What a way to go out."

In his first fight on UK soil since August 2018, Fury was treated to a hero’s welcome by a 94,000 capacity crowd and largely dictated the tempo before ending proceedings in devastating fashion.

"I'm overwhelmed by the support. I cannot believe 94,000 countrymen and women came here to watch me," Fury said.

"From the bottom of my heart thank you to everyone who bought a ticket and stayed up late to watch this fight."

If Fury does follow through with his plan to quit, he would spurn the chance to face either Oleksandr Usyk - the current WBA, IBF and WBO champion - or fellow British fighter Joshua.

Fury's incredible knockout had fans and pundits around the world in awe.

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