Tyson Fury removed any doubt from his fight against Dillian Whyte with an uppercut but one judge was accused of missing the mark badly.
Boxing commentators have taken aim at one of the judges in Tyson Fury’s blockbuster Dillian Whyte fight on the weekend after his peculiar scorecard was revealed.
Fury floored Whyte with a devastating uppercut in the sixth round at Wembley Stadium to retain his WBC heavyweight crown and send the London crowd into raptures.
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The 33-year-old dominated the fight from start to finish, controlling the tempo and never looking troubled as Whyte appeared sluggish, but one judge thought the challenger had the better of the opening exchanges.
Judge Pelayo came under fire for scoring rounds two and three 10-9 in Whyte’s favour, despite the Gypsy King being more dominant in those stages of the fight.
Veteran boxing journalist Dan Rafael posted a picture of the scorecard on Twitter and wrote: “Grotesque that Pelayo gave Whyte rounds 2-3. The only round he could possibly have won was the 1st” with a face palm emoji.
Judge Cavalleri gave Whyte the opening round 10-9 while judge Tapper had Fury ahead 10-9 in each round before he ended the fight with what commentators called “the punch of his life”.
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 Fury 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.”
However, Fury will surely be tempted by a unification bout against either fellow British fighter Anthony Joshua or Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk, who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.
This is not the first time he has announced his retirement, only to come back for more.