By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña
Tyson Fury continued to present his case as this generation’s greatest heavyweight boxer after a technical knockout (TKO) victory over the tough Dillian Whyte to retain his World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight championship belt.
Despite a long lay-off since the Deontay Wilder blockbuster clash, Fury quickly negated ring rust issues and rocked Whyte early on with his fluid jab combinations.
Starting with his signature double-jab and a left hook combination, the WBC champion kept Whyte guessing from the get-go and displayed his wide array of offensive artillery.
Whyte bounced back at the start of the third round when his corner decided to switch to a southpaw stance to avoid getting hit with Fury’s combinations.
The move paid off for Whyte which enabled him to get into his rhythm throwing his heavy right straight punches which started to land on Fury’s face.
However, Fury was quick to figure out his counter and noticed a hole in Whyte’s right guard every time he stepped forward to press the attack.
The savvy tactician landed several left hooks to Whyte’s jaw and became his main weapon leading into the sixth round.
Fury continued to outbox and bully Whyte in the sixth and with nine seconds remaining in the round, the champion unleashed a sneaky right uppercut that sealed the deal for him.
As Whyte was squaring off with Fury in the middle of the ring, the champion remained standing and did a couple of feints before setting up his beautiful knockout punch with a deceiving right jab.
“Listen, Dillian Whyte is a warrior. I believe he’ll be a world champion. But I’m one of the greatest heavyweights of all time and unfortunately for Dillian, he had to face me here tonight,” said Fury after the fight.