Tyson Fury stopped Dillian Whyte in six rounds at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night in front of 94,000 fans.
The Gypsy King suggested that he would retire after last night’s win and while the WBC, The Ring and lineal heavyweight champion’s future is far from certain, there was an unquestionable feeling of melancholy in the air at Fury’s post-fight presser where he paid tribute to his promoter Frank Warren for playing such an important role in getting his career back on track.
“A lot of people don’t know, but Frank brought me back from the brink of death and believed in me and gave me a big contract to box again, when everybody else was probably scared to get me in the ring again. So massive thanks, Frank,” Fury told the press after his win.
“And not only did he do it this time, but he’d done it the first time as well. He got me the fight with Joey Abell, Dereck Chisora for the mandatory position, which led me to fight Wladimir Klitschko. And then he brought me back again from being like a fat man and 28 stone to get me the return of the mack [vs Sefer Seferi] in Manchester, which was absolutely epic - 20,000 at home. From being a big old fat boy six months before to selling 20,000 tickets, and it really was the return of the mack against Seferi.
“When he announced we’re gonna go to Belfast and we sold 35,000 tickets at Windsor Park, I didn’t have a great performance against Francesco Pianeta. That’s because I wasn’t even there yet, I wasn’t even ready.
“I was supposed to have more [fights] the same level as Seferi and Pianeta. I said to Frank, ‘you know what? Get me Wilder, because I can’t do this. I’m either the best in the world or not’
“I’ll hold my hands up to this - I wasn’t ready for Wilder the first time, it was too quick, but we took it anyway because I’m a fighting man and I wanted to prove to the world that I’m back with a bang. We have that great fight over there and it’s gone on from there really, it’s just got bigger and bigger. It’s been like a big snowball rolling down a mountain and it’s peaked out here at Wembley Stadium.”
The atmosphere was electric inside Wembley and the 94,000 fans in attendance to see Fury knockout Fury with a savage sixth stoppage was a European attendance record for a boxing match (our thoughts are with Carl Froch this morning). In fact, the atmosphere was so good that it completely threw off Fury’s walk to the ring.
“It was an entertaining night. I’ve never experienced any atmosphere like that before,” Fury added.
“It was that good I messed up all my ringwalk that we had planned - I started running to the ring. I was excited, I lost it, I lost track completely. I was like, ‘I’m gonna sit down on the chair whatever.’”