‘It was a close fight’ – Dillian Whyte speaks out for the first time since being knocked out by Tyson Fury


Dillian Whyte says his loss to Tyson Fury was “a good learning experience” despite being knocked out in six rounds.

“The Body Snatcher” was competitive, but ultimately failed in his first world title bid when he failed to recover from a heavy sixth-round knockdown thanks to a perfect Fury uppercut.

Fury’s uppercut ended the fight
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“I don’t think there was a lot of fighting, it was a close fight,” Whyte told the BBC.

“The game plan was starting to come more and more – it was to press it obviously, work the body and then start moving forward. Sometimes you’re in there, you see something else and you make a decision – it didn’t pay off.

“I went left, right, then I’m like, ‘Okay, maybe now I can do a slide and come back with a jab.’ But it was a slip and then I got caught with the shot.

“It is what it is, man. I didn’t feel like I was upgraded in there or he was at that level and I was at that level.

“Even though he was taller than me, I was able to land jabs and do my thing, work the body,” Whyte added.

“It was one of those fights where we were both on the edge, we were both on the edge. It was a close fight. The body shots started to land more and more.

'It was a close fight' - Dillian Whyte speaks out for the first time since being knocked out by Tyson Fury
Whyte managed to get back to his feet but wasn’t fit to fight
'It was a close fight' - Dillian Whyte speaks out for the first time since being knocked out by Tyson Fury
Fury was classy after beating Whyte
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“I think he was surprised that I came out left-handed. I was also uncomfortable with him. It was good, I landed good shots, he landed good shots. It was a good fight, a good learning experience.

Whyte shocked fight fans when he stepped out for the biggest fight of his life in the southpaw stance, something he had never done before and which seemed to momentarily shake Fury.

For the most part, Whyte struggled to land the 6ft 9in WBC heavyweight champion and his only real success came through body shots that ultimately left him open for the fight-ending blow. of his opponent.

In the fourth frame, an argument broke out between the two boxers as they clashed, leaving a cut over Whyte’s right eye. Referee Mark Lyson looked like he was about to lose control in his first heavyweight title fight before finally calming things down.

The fight was over in the sixth round when Fury threw and landed his first uppercut of the fight. Whyte fell to the ground and despite getting back to his feet he was clearly unfit to continue.

'It was a close fight' - Dillian Whyte speaks out for the first time since being knocked out by Tyson Fury
Fury went to console his opponent immediately after the stoppage
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After the fight, the ‘Gypsy King’ had nothing but good things to say about Whyte, telling the London-born fighter that he would one day become world champion.

“I spoke to Dillian after the fight. I gave him a kiss and a hug. I told him ‘You will be a world champion Dillian, but tonight you had to meet the best,'” Fury said during his post-fight press conference.

“People will say ‘Dillian was s***!’ I’ve seen these kind of people who never put on a glove and then they make comments like this Go put on a glove and then talk.

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