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Dillian Whyte claims it was a ‘close’ fight against WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury

The Brixton heavyweight struggled to make any dent in the WBC world champion before a big right uppercut dropped him on Saturday night.
And although Whyte beat the count, referee Mark Lyson rightly halted proceedings with the South Londoner still looking extremely shaky.

“I don’t think there was a lot in the fight, it was a close fight,” Whyte told the BBC.

“The game plan was starting to come on more and more – it was to press him obviously, work the body and then start moving forward. Sometimes you’re in there, you see something else and you make a decision – it didn’t pay off.

Dillian Whyte inside the ring before his WBC heavyweight championship fight with Tyson Fury at Wembley Stadium on April 23, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

“I went left, right, and then I’m saying, ‘Okay, maybe now I can go one slip and come back with a shot.’ But it was one slip and then I got caught with the shot.

“It is what it is, man. I didn’t feel like I was outclassed in there or he was this level and I was that level.”

“Even though he was taller than me I was able to land jabs and do my thing, work the body.

“It was one of those fights where we were both on the edge, we were both on the edge. It was a close fight. Body shots started to land more and more.

“I think he was surprised I came out southpaw [in the first round]. I was awkward for him as well. It was good, I landed some good shots, he landed some good shots. It was a good fight, a good learning experience.”

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