Tyson Fury retains WBC heavyweight crown with technical knockout

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LONDON — Tyson Fury emerged unscathed from a turbulent fight week to cement his place among heavyweight boxing greats with a stunning TKO win over Dillian Whyte in what ‘The Gypsy King’ said was his last fight.

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Fury faced a barrage of questions about his relationship with Daniel Kinahan, his former adviser and one of three men named leaders of the Kinahan organized crime gang recently sanctioned by US authorities.

The British boxer engaged in a number of combative interviews ahead of his fight against Whyte, saying Kinahan’s situation was none of his business and had nothing to do with the Irishman.

All of that was forgotten on Saturday when Fury entered the ring and unloaded a sixth-round uppercut that left Whyte unable to continue in the referee’s opinion. The vast majority of the Wembley Stadium crowd roared their approval as Fury went from zero to hero.

“I can’t believe my 94,000 people are coming here tonight to see me play. I just want to say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much to everyone who bought a ticket here tonight, or stayed awake late to watch on TV,” Fury said.

“Dillian Whyte is a warrior and I believe Dillian will be world champion, but tonight he met a great in the sport and one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, and unfortunately for Dillian Whyte he has had to face me tonight.”

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Fury said he would keep his promise to his wife to retire, with promoter Frank Warren backing the 33-year-old’s decision to quit.

“If this was going to be the last fight, it will be the last fight. It’s his decision, he’s the one who steps into the ring. And if this is his last fight, he’s come out on such a high,” Warren said.

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