On the day of England’s patron saint, St.George, all eyes in the sporting world turned to Wembley Stadium as WBC Heavyweight World Champion Tyson Fury put his titles on the line in an all English contest with ‘The Body Snatcher’ Dillian Whyte.
A huge night for British boxing lay ahead and as guests started to make their way into the uber exclusive Wembley Suite, the sense of excitement and anticipation was felt by everyone including our legendary boxing panelists Ricky Hatton, Johnny Nelson, Spencer Oliver, and Adam Smith who gave us some fantastic insight into the action and provided brilliant entertainment for an eager audience. On the back of just announcing his exhibition fight against Ricky Hatton, Mexican fight icon Marco Antonio Barrera also joined us and shared a few thoughts ahead of the fight.
In addition to this line up of boxing legends we also welcomed the nation’s favourite sports broadcaster Laura Woods and her TalkSport co-host and former Tottenham footballer Jamie O’Hara. Joining them were the familiar faces of another TV duo in the form of ITV’s Ben Shephard and Adil Ray, former NFL player and current SkySports broadcaster Jason Bell plus England Rugby World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio and Heart Radio Morning Show host Jamie Theakston.
As guests soaked up the atmosphere, entertainment and stunning views, the undercard got underway with the likes of 21-year-old, British light heavyweight prospect Karol Itauma and Tyson Fury’s younger brother Tommy both achieving good wins in front of a packed house. As the big fight grew closer, the audience in Wembley Stadium swelled to a staggering 94,000 fervent fans and with the atmosphere reaching fever pitch, it was time for the main event!
As the lights went out, the crowd hushed and with the echoing wolf howl followed by ACDC’s ‘Back In Black’ blasting out around the arena, it was time for the challenger Dillian Whyte to make his entrance. With Whyte ready in the ring, the lights went out again and it was time for The Gypsy King to make his way out! Dressed in the colours of St.George, accompanied by lasers, fireworks and not one but two entrance songs, Fury jogged his way to the ring, such was his excitement to get proceedings underway.
With both fighters now in the ring, the bell rang, and it was fight time! Finally, the biggest all British bout since Lennox Lewis fought Frank Bruno in 1993 was upon us. As is often in the case, the first round went by without incident as both fighters felt each other out and got comfortable in the ring. As rounds two and three went by, Fury was beginning to assert his dominance – moving superbly, evading a couple of attempted haymakers from Whyte, and landing with his jab and one or two savage punches to the body of Whyte.
Fury continued to control the fight, looking confident and untroubled throughout proceedings but it wasn’t until the 6th round that he unleashed a devastating right upper cut from nowhere which caught Whyte square on the chin and sent him straight to the canvas. Unfortunately for Whyte, Fury connected with one of the best punches of his career and despite making it back to his feet, the man from Brixton was clearly unsteady and dazed from the punch and couldn’t beat the referees 10 count.
Wembley erupted as Fury retained his heavyweight title to remain undefeated and as The Gypsy King serenaded the audience with his traditional rendition of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’, many wondered if this would indeed be the last time Fury would enter the boxing ring. Whether he retires or not, Tyson Fury certainly gave 94,000 fights something to cheer about with a faultless display of boxing followed by one of the most brutal knockouts you’ll see in any boxing ring.
A truly unforgettable experience that will live long in the memories of all that attended, we can’t wait for our next big fight night! Find out more about what boxing hospitality we have on offer, or get in touch via email@example.com