After 2.5 years of exclusively fighting Deontay Wilder, WBC Heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, gets a fresh test this afternoon (Sat., April 23, 2022) against countryman and mandatory challenger, Dillian Whyte, inside Wembley Stadium in London, England.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE coverage of the main event below, as well as quick results for the pay-per-view (PPV) main card. The ESPN+ PPV main card (watch it here) begins at 2 p.m. ET, while Fury and Whyte will make their ring walks around 5 p.m. ET.
Whyte had a long and tumultuous road to this opportunity. Back in 2017, he won the WBC “silver” title with a decision over Robert Helenius. This should have guaranteed a world title shot, but WBC refused to actually give him one, even when he claimed its interim belt in 2019. He even wound up losing the title to Alexander Povetkin during the wait, but reclaimed it with a brutal knockout in their rematch.
Whoever wins here will almost certainly go on to challenge the winner of Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2 for undisputed Heavyweight supremacy.
The undercard is ... well, not good, and I’m not going to legitimize it with a puff piece.
Fury Vs. Whyte Quick Results:
Heavyweight: Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte — Fury def. Whyte by TKO at 2:59 of Round Six — WATCH HIGHLIGHTS!
Welterweight: Ekow Essuman vs. Darren Tetley — Essuman def. Tetley by unanimous decision (117-111, 116-112 x2)
Featherweight: Isaac Lowe vs. Nick Ball — Ball def. Lowe by TKO at 1:45 of Round Six
Heavyweight: David Adeleye vs. Chris Healey — Adeleye def. Healey by TKO at 0:52 of Round Four
Light Heavyweight: Tommy Fury vs. Daniel Bocianski — Fury def. Bocianski by referee decision (60-54) — WATCH HIGHLIGHTS!
Fury Vs. Whyte Round-By-Round Updates:
WBC Heavyweight Championship: Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte
Round one: Whyte comes out southpaw. Both men feinting quite a bit. Whyte looking for body shots. Fury tries a straight right halfway through the round, takes a glancing right hook downstairs. Lead right by Fury fails to land clean. Whyte really looking for the right hook downstairs, takes a cuffing right against the ropes. Straight right from Fury. 10-9 Fury.
Round two: Fury sneaks a southpaw left around the guard. Jab up top as he gets himself out of the corner. Whyte tries to load up on an overhand and misses by a mile after getting touched by a cheeky left hook. Fury seemingly in control at range as Whyte steadily advances. There’s a right to the body from Whyte. Halfway through. Fury tries a 1-2. Body jab, hooks upstairs. Whyte bullies him to the ropes, whiffs on another looping overhand. 1-2 comes back at him. Stiff left catches Whyte as the latter again tries to load up on the right. They trade jabs, hook from Fury. Wild swings from Whyte into the clinch. 10-9, 20-18 Fury.
Round three: Whyte tries to put him on the ropes, still can’t get much out of those. Body shot appears to land, overhand doesn’t. Nice combo from Fury in return. 1-2 downstairs from Whyte. Fury lands a check hook, then a jab and a right to the body. Body jab halfway through. 3-2. Clinch. Fury continuing to control the fight at range. Solid right hands in combination. Southpaw two-piece on the ropes. Whyte answers a 1-2 with a body hook. 10-9, 30-27 Fury.
Round four: Early right hand from Fury. Whyte tries to answer with a combo and gets tied up. They clash heads, prompting the referee to give them each a telling-off. 3-2 again lands for Fury, double jab behind it. Whyte catches him inside with a left hook, then digs a hard right to the body. Fury backs him off with a combo, comes back with a cross off the ropes and ties up. Halfway through. Fury fires another 3-2 and a jab downstairs. Whyte with a right hook to the body, tries to corner Fury and gets clinched again. Fury to the body in return, clinch. Both men rabbit punch each other in the corner and the referee is pissed. Still, nobody loses any points. Fury looking to strafe at range. 10-9, 40-36 Fury.
Round five: Whyte looking a tad more aggressive. They trade two-pieces to the body. Whyte’s just not doing enough. Fury pivots off the ropes and lands a two-piece, and Whyte accuses him of tripping him a bit. Exchanging in center ring, continuing to favor Fury. The speed advantage is huge. Whyte walks through a broadside to swing a wide right to the body. Clinch. 10-9, 50-45 Fury.
Round six: Fury is completely comfortable at range, launching the occasional volley and answering back immediately whenever Whyte manages to sneak something through. Bad miss on a right hand form Whyte, who gets tied up. Clinching in center right halfway through, shots from Fury on the exit. Whyte backs him to the corner but can’t get anything done before he gets clinched. One dinky body shot is all he manages the next time. Both dig to the midsection. They collide in center ring and Fury absolutely melts him with a point-blank uppercut. Whyte makes it up in time, but when he tries to bring up his hands, he stumbles to the ropes and the ref calls it.
Final result: Fury def. Whyte by TKO