Dillian Whyte says he should have been given longer to recover after Tyson Fury finished their heavyweight title fight with an “illegal” move.
Dillian Whyte has accused Tyson Fury of “dirty” tactics during the WBC heavyweight champion’s victory at Wembley on the weekend.
Fury retained his world title with a sixth round stoppage against Whyte, the British star ending the bout with a devastating uppercut.
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However, Whyte believes the referee should have penalised Fury for shoving him before his head thumped against the canvas.
“I was buzzed but obviously I was trying to regather my senses and he proper pushed me and I fell over and hit my head on the canvas, which is illegal,” Whyte told Sky Sports.
“This isn’t wrestling, this is boxing. I should have been allowed extra time to recover and then carried on fighting.
“I got caught, no doubt about it. I got caught by a good shot. I was hurt, I was trying to get my senses together and he full on, two-handed pushed me. It wasn’t like a one-armed thing.
“I should have had time to recover, time to go back to my corner, but Tyson Fury gets away with a lot of things.”
Whyte claimed Fury headbutted him after he sustained a gash over his right eye, the first time the Brit had sustained a cut in 31 professional fights.
“He kept on leaning down to the side and putting the head in and stuff like that,” he said.
“He leans down and he put the head in, he clashed with me and I got the cut and obviously the ref started telling me off.
“The fight spiralled a bit, until he started punching me in the back of the head. I started doing it to him and then his corner started throwing water and stuff like that, which was a bit crazy.
“I kept on getting all the blame. He was the one that was holding, he was the one that was headbutting and being dirty in the fight.”
Fury said he can walk away from boxing after winning “every belt there is to win” and had earlier promised his wife Paris after his third fight with Deontay Wilder in October that he would quit.
“This might be the final curtain for the Gypsy King,” he said. “And what a way to go out. “I’ve won every belt there is to win, there’s nothing more I can do, I’ve won every belt in the game.
“If this was a computer game it would definitely be completed for sure.”
But the Gypsy King also muddied the waters on a highly charged evening, saying he had UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in his sights after the Cameroonian MMA fighter got into the ring during the celebrations.
“I want to have fun,” he said. “I’m an entertainer and it’s what I do best. Big Francis Ngannou is on my hit list in an exhibition fight.
“However he wants it, in a cage, in a ring, with boxing gloves or UFC gloves, we can make it happen. He is a monster of a guy and so am I, so it will be a clash of the titans.
“This is going to be one very special fight like never before seen in the history of our sport.
“It’s going to be an explosive fight when it happens.”