Anatomy of Tyson Fury’s perfect punch that exposed Dillian Whyte’s Achilles heel
Indeed, Steward had hinted during fight week that Fury would bring a special finish to the fight. Fury, whose boxing IQ marks the 6ft 9in fighter as distinctly elite – created the finish seemingly out of nowhere, but it wasn’t: the uppercut – a punch that leaves the exposing more open to counters, but very effective – was not to be used by Fury until there was a clear opening. That dramatic ending came in round six, with Fury commanding against a weary and frustrated Whyte, having won the previous five rounds on my card.
It was a scrappy bout in parts, with Whyte unable to easily close the gap on Fury. Whyte started the first round smartly, changing stance southpaw, in an effort to prevent Fury from finding a rhythm early with his typically effective stroke. Yet Fury still won the first round as they danced through space in a fake war as they felt. Round two was limited in punches, but Fury landed effectively with a left hand, as the already frustrated Whyte threw wild punches as they attached to the ropes – to little effect.
For three more rounds, Fury controlled the pace, still wary of Whyte’s dangerous counter left hook, moving smart after no more than two punches, and using single punches more often. In the fourth, Fury protested Whyte after the heads clashed, with referee Lyson warning Whyte. Whyte’s right eye was cut and started to swell, but as the two came together the south Londoner landed his famous left hook for the first time. Lyson warned Fury to use his head. It was a rambling and moody ride.
Fury only opened up for combinations in the fifth, throwing a series of punches, as he felt Whyte’s physical resilience wane. But then the pattern was set – as Fury controlled distance from the outside with Whyte struggling, unsuccessfully, to close the space between them to get his shots.
That fifth stanza was a particularly strong round for Fury, boxing in a tight circle, as the champ pressed against a rival he overpowered. Indeed, Fury picked Whyte apart with the jab, right hands and body shots, staying ahead at all times in the contest.
It was in round six, however, that Fury showed why he should be considered the world No. 1 dominating his rivals. He used his height and reach advantages, and moved with fluidity and efficiency, beating his enemy to the punch before delivering the blow Whyte didn’t see coming, to bring down the curtain on the night, if not on his career. Time will tell on the latter.