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TKOed Whyte boasts: ‘Am not outclassed by Tyson Fury



Tyson Fury punches Dillian Whyte during the WBC World Heavyweight Title Fight at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Dillian Whyte has broken his silence after his sixth round knockout defeat to Tyson Fury on Saturday night.

The Brixton fighter had waited for nearly five years to have a crack at the World Championship but was left to pick himself up following the knockout blow from Fury mid-way through their 12 round contest.

Whyte tried to get back up after being knocked out but referee Mark Lyson deemed the 34-year-old as being unfit to continue in the contest.

Fury appeared to confirm his retirement after the fight having maintained an unbeaten heavyweight career which has spanned the last 14 years, meanwhile Whyte suffered the third defeat of his career.

However, the Londoner has come out and said that he felt that the contest was a close one up until the deciding blow. Speaking to BBC Radio on Sunday, he explained: “There wasn’t a lot in it – it was a close fight and I didn’t feel like I was outclassed in there.

“My game plan was to press him and start moving forward. I was trying to attack but one slip and I got caught with the shot.


“He’s a big awkward guy – I was expecting that. It was always going to be an awkward fight, but I was trying to set up and be patient and land what I could early and from round three onwards start to press. It was a good learning experience.”

Whyte’s options now seem to be limited in terms of a world title shot but he does walk away with credit after fully earning his shot at the crown before ultimately being beaten by a man that has since been branded as the best fighter of his generation by Frank Warren.

Fury also took the time to praise Whyte after the fight, saying: “Dillian is a warrior and I believe he will be a world champion.

“One of the greatest and, unfortunately, he had to fight me tonight. You are not messing with a mediocre heavyweight, you are messing with the best man on the planet.”


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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