Fight Talk: Tyson Fury defeats Dillian Whyte – how the boxing world reacted

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It was the biggest all-British heavyweight showdown in years, but there was only one winner.

A post-war European record 94,000 fans filled Wembley Stadium as Tyson Fury, in what he swore would be his last fight, beat Dillian Whyte with a right-hand uppercut in the sixth round.

Here’s how the big fight unfolded on social media…

London fight week

After a draw and two wins in the United States in his epic trilogy against Deontay Wilder, Fury was back at home.

“This is it. In the capital. This is the pinnacle of everything,” he said.

While Whyte had his supporters, much of the attention was on Fury, who said this would be his last fight.

Wrestling star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson sent a special message and Fury promised to see his WWE friends soon.

Purse bids were the highest in boxing, with Queensbury promoter Frank Warren managing to bid $41m (£30.6m) to host the fight.

Whyte was unhappy with him and (jokingly?) mistook Fury’s father, John, for boxing pundit Steve Bunce.

Beckham and his friends fight

“What a night for British boxing and what a proud moment,” said former England soccer captain David Beckham as the countdown began for the St. George’s Day fight.

“Wembley is a special place and I was honored to play there.”

Also in football, former Manchester United and France defender Patrice Evra has also expressed his support for Fury.

Fury was the heavy favorite, but former two-weight world champion Paul Malignaggi felt Whyte might have a wild card up his sleeve.

There was some backstage movement from Fury as the clock ticked down to ringside walks.

Former England cricketer Monty Panesar was among those hoping Whyte could topple Fury.

The ring works

Whyte came out first, howling like a wolf to the theme of Jaws, then a long walk to the ring, accompanied by AC/DC’s “Back in Black”.

American Pie by legendary American singer Don McLean performed as Fury emerged from the bowels of Wembley Stadium. This was followed by a transition to Biggie, mixed with Kings of Leon. Worth the ticket price alone.

The bell rings… First round…

Dillian Whyte took a surprise southpaw position in the first round. He was fighting for a game plan, could he pull off a shock? Former two-weight world champion Zab Judah thought so.

Then it got messy

It started to get ugly in the fourth round as the two fighters squared off.

Aaaaaa and again…

Slam!

The crisp right uppercut lands in round six and Whyte, unsteady on his feet after scaling the canvas, is unable to continue. Fury retains his title.

All in one night’s work.

Fighters, actors, promoters, athletes, singers and a ring announcer all weigh in on their post-fight thoughts.

And after?

Fury says this is his last professional fight. He says he promised his wife Paris he would retire after fighting Deontay Wilder, but the opportunity to fight at Wembley on home soil was too hard to resist.

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