Tyson Fury firm on retirement after win over Dillian Whyte
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Dillian Whyte has reiterated his claim that he was the victim of an “illegal move” in his crushing heavyweight title defeat against Tyson Fury. In April, in front of a 90,00 crowd at Wembley Stadium, Whyte’s challenge was ended in the sixth round after ‘The Gypsy King’ caught him with a savage right uppercut.
The champion had dominated until the point, with two judges having deemed him to have taken every single round. Only Mexican judge Juan Carlos Pelay had offered ‘The Body Snatcher’ any solace by giving him the first.
The post-bout talk was then dominated by Fury’s apparent retirement, a claim he later doubled down on when he appeared on Piers Morgan:Uncensored. But then Whyte himself caused a stir by claiming he’d been pushed to the canvas illegally, claiming the officials missed an obvious infringement.
Both men are now preparing for upcoming bouts, with Fury having reversed his retirement and putting his titles on the line, somewhat dubiously, against Derek Chisora at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 3. Whyte will be in action this weekend against Jermaine Franklin at Wembley Arena, but has used the build-up to reiterate his argument over his Fury defeat.
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“I think the fight obviously got stopped too early,” Whyte told Matchroom Boxing. “It’s boxing, you get hurt. I’ve been down in fights before and obviously you get back up and obviously I got hit with a good shot. He pushed me over. When he pushed me over I ended up f*****g twisting two ligaments in my foot.
“The Boxing Board didn’t follow the rules as well because if you go down, after the bell they’re not allowed to stop the fight. They’re allowed to send you to your corner, send the doctor to intervene if you beat a ten-count. They didn’t do that they just stopped the fight, which is a big, massive breach.”
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Should Whyte overcome the undefeated Franklin, it’s likely to pave the way for a bout with Anthony Joshua. And the 34-year-old recently upped the stakes with his British rival, labelling him “spineless” in an unprovoked rant.
“He puts on this act and pretends he’s a good boy, and all of a sudden, he wants to be a bad boy and he wants to rap, and he wants to talk about notorious gangsters and stuff,” said Whyte. “No real spine or backbone, just a bit all over the place.”
The pair fought each other back in 2015 with Joshua coming through early adversity to win via a seventh-round stoppage. In the second round, Whyte caught AJ with a left hook that rocked him to his boots.
According to promoter Eddie Hearn, the winner of Whyte vs Jermaine Franklin on November 26 is the ‘frontrunner’ to face Joshua next.
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