Sat, 2022-04-23 16:10
Fury showed the gap between Whyte and him as I expected. Whyte is a very tough, hard competitor. He's what he looks like, a guy who can reach near the top and beat lower top 10 but isn't good enough to beat the elite. The UK boxing crowd really rated him in my experience, but he wouldn't beat any of the top 3 aside from Fury in my view(though Fury was the hardest matchup and thus the least competitive result).
Fury won every round without being under much risk. The only thing Whyte really landed with was occasional, fairly insignificant body work. The jab and footwork really made it tough on a scrappy but sloppy mover in Whyte.
He couldn't get close and often resorted to winging without accuracy on the outside. Fury caught him with left hooks and right hands on multiple occasions as Whyte tried to close the distance. Nothing but the Jab was landing totally clean, but it was scoring points and doing damage.
Early in the sixth, Fury finally landed a totally clean, counter right uppercut. It's the punch Whyte has been most vulnerable in the past, and it was beautifully placed. Whyte did get up but was in no shape to continue. Right decision by the ref. If this is Fury's last performance, it was a quality show of levels, but man, I'd love to see him at least fight Usyk and AJ before he goes out. For Whyte, he has two options. Accept he is more likely to be a gatekeeper and go the Chisora route, or retire now that he knows a title is unlikely.
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