Tyson Fury, After Another Knockout Win, Hints at Retirement

At 6-foot-9 and nearly 265 pounds, Fury is the biggest heavyweight champion in history. He spent much of his career as a tactical boxer. Fury’s upper-body movement made him an elusive target, and his feints could disrupt an opponent’s timing while he used his long jab as both offense and defense.

But when Javan Hill, who goes by Sugar and who’s head of the famed Kronk Gym in Detroit, took over as trainer in 2019, he began teasing out Fury’s latent punching power, melding the fighter’s acumen with aggressiveness. In their three fights together, Fury has recorded three spectacular knockouts.

“We put a lot of time in over the last few years,” Fury said at the post-fight news conference. “Training, training, training with his style.”

On Saturday, Fury dismantled Whyte with craft, landing jabs and straight right hands to the face and mixing in roundhouse rights to Whyte’s rib cage. Or, when Whyte closed the distance, Fury would throw a left hook, pivot to angle himself and then re-establish his preferred range.

The power came in Round 6, when Fury threw a left jab, prompting Whyte to lurch forward. He walked directly into the uppercut that landed on the left side of his chin. A light shove from Fury sent Whyte toppling backward. Otherwise the challenger would have fallen straight down.

Whyte clambered to his feet, but the referee, Mark Lyson, halted the fight with one second left in the round, sealing a decisive win for Fury.

“He would be a great heavyweight in any generation,” said Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter based in Britain, adding, “Probably the best fighter I’ve ever been involved with.”

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