Dillian Whyte Explains Why Tyson Fury Is “Trying to Be More of a Puncher”

Published 10/25/2021, 4:58 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder in the fifth round during their Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Dillian Whyte believes WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is experiencing a downturn in his boxing career. He doesn’t seem intimidated by ‘The Gypsy King’ as the two can possibly collide in the ring somewhere down the line. Being an elite KO artist, Whyte feels that Fury is now trying to be more of a puncher than a boxer.

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Despite vanquishing Deontay Wilder for the second time in his career, the WBC champion may not have impressed his other challengers. ‘The Body Snatcher’ is one of them who has picked up on perceived flaws in Fury’s latest display of action. Referring to the damage which Fury consumed from Wilder, Whyte shared his views on the epic heavyweight trilogy in interaction with Talk Sport.

Boxing – Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder – WBC Heavyweight Title – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. – October 9, 2021 Tyson Fury in action against Deontay Wilder REUTERS/Steve Marcus

He said, “Tyson Fury doesn’t seem to be getting any better technically. He seems to be trying to be more of a puncher and walk guys down. I think that’s because he’s naturally slowing down. He’s taken a lot more punishment than he used to.” (h/t: Michael Benson)

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Regardless of his methods, Tyson Fury appears to be the best of all active heavyweights. The unbeaten boxer has been flawless so far and will be favored to defend his title once again against Dillian Whyte. Prior to Fury vs Wilder 3, WBC stated that the winner shall have to give a shot to the interim titlist Dillian Whyte next.

Whyte was supposed to defend his mandatory status against Otto Wallin on October 30. However, he pulled out weeks ago after suffering a shoulder injury. Now, this has clearly complicated the WBC chain system. Wallin is a rightful contender. But Whyte’s interim title shall benefit him from earning the title championship shot.

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The heavyweight division is an embarrassment of riches with A-listers and mandatory contenders, in which Whyte and Wallin are just two potential names. Following Oleksandr Usyk’s WBA, WBO, and IBF title win against Anthony Joshua, he has entered the ride to the big leagues.

However, Anthony Joshua can shake the odds by re-capturing his belts in a rematch against Usyk, which can happen in early 2022. Amidst it all, Tyson Fury can enjoy a long lay-off after his career-defining win over ‘The Bronze Bomber’ on October 9. A lot can happen at this point.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 24: Dillian Whyte celebrates his sixth round knockout victory over Lucas Browne during their WBC Silver Heavyweight Championship at The O2 Arena on March 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

As for Whyte, he needs to recover and return quickly. After that, he may directly get a title shot or prove himself in one more fight to clear any doubts. ‘The Body Snatcher’ is still a rightful name in the title landscape and looks favorable to battle ‘The Gypsy King’ before hanging up his gloves.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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