Fighter of the Week: Tyson Fury

A Tyson Fury fight is like a lunar eclipse or the return of the cicada. It doesn’t happen all too often but when it does happen it garners the attention of the world. That’s exactly what happened Saturday evening at Wembley Stadium. As Tyson Fury handed in yet another dominant performance and closed the show with a thudding exclamation point, putting Dillian Whyte to the canvas and unable to continue with a ferocious uppercut that put him out before he even crumbled to the mat. In doing so The Gypsy King moved his unbeaten record to 32-0-1 (23) successfully defended his WBC and Ring Magazine titles, remains the lineal heavyweight champion and captures our fighter of the week award, and make his statement as being the best heavyweight in the world and arguably the best heavyweight since Lennox Lewis. 

Dillian Whyte, by some accounts, has been the mandatory challenger since 2017, while that’s not really the case, and he was eager to get this world title fight on. Fury however was dead set on settling him down and keeping the fight on his terms. Whyte came out as a southpaw to try and confuse the longer, taller, rangier Fury who was able to keep his opponent at bay. Controlling his opponent with his long shotgun-like jab. Whyte remained fairly aggressive and tried to jab his way in but had little success. However, by the end of the third round, the 250-pound Whyte was clearly showing signs of fatigue. Breathing heavy and beginning to slow, Fury capitalized by hurting the challenger in the fourth with a jab followed by a body shot. The champion continued to work downstairs and pushed Whyte around on the inside. The ending came abruptly in the sixth. A jab distracted the challenger and Fury struck with a lethal, devastating right uppercut that put Whyte out before he hit the canvas bringing in referee Mark Lyson to waive off the bout giving Fury his second successful title defense.

Fury continues to prove that he’s an all-time great heavyweight, while his resume contains only three premier names he is 4-0-1 (3) against Klitschko, Wilder, and Whyte. While putting him high on the list of all-time great heavyweights might be premature at this moment given the shallowness of his resume due to lay-offs, personal issues, and unexplained extended periods of inactivity. Fury hinted at retirement if this is it for “The Gypsy King” he’s had a great career, a  hall of fame career, and would be the best heavyweight of his era. He probably doesn’t crack the list of top 10 heavyweights and doesn’t approach being in the same conversation as Lennox Lewis as Great Britain’s greatest heavyweight of all time. There are two fights that the boxing world wants to see. Fury vs Joshua, which Fury should certainly win and Fury vs Usyk, with the winner becoming undisputed and the first undisputed heavyweight champion in the four-belt era. An accomplishment that would shoot the winner up the list of all-time great heavyweights and without that fight Fury had a great but incomplete career.

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