If Wembley Stadium had a roof, the almighty uppercut with which Tyson Fury almost decapitated Dillian Whyte would have lifted it into the night sky and crashed it onto the North Circular Road.
British boxing’s record crowd of 94,000 drew in a silent breath of disbelief before erupting into acclamation for one of the most explosive knock-outs ever witnessed in this country.
And on St George’s Day at that. The Gypsy King cried God for victory, Queen and country.
The multitude gave thanks for bearing witness to a boxing master-class climaxed by devastating explosion of power.
With that, Fury fulfills his promise to mingle the noble art with his recently acquired killer instinct.
After five rounds of proving himself the most accomplished heavyweight of his generation he demonstrated the power of greatness in the sixth.
Tyson Fury (centre) celebrated in style after destroying Dillian Whyte at Wembley on Saturday night to retain his WBC title
The Gypsy King caught a hapless Whyte with a huge uppercut to end the contest in the sixth round almost in an instant
Fury celebrated the emphatic victory with his wife, Paris, after what was another monumental chapter in his incredible story
Whether he will go through with his vow to his wife to retire remains to be seen. He must know that if he reneges the supreme prize of undisputed world champion is within his grasp, as soon as Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk are done with their rematch.
As it is, with the WBC and Ring belts and the linear crown, the Gypsy King reigns supreme.
The faithful came to the mecca of English sport to pay homage to the Gypsy King on his homecoming.
Nigh-on 100,000 filing into the hallowed ground. Thousands more over-flowing into bars and clubs outside to worship by live feed.
They arrived in a steady flow. The shuffle kept orderly by the closing of roads around Wembley which compelled the majority of the strong to find alternative means of transport.
With last trains due to depart soon after midnight – yet another triumph of disorder by Mayor Sadiq Khan Almighty on a capital Saturday night out – many would be making later the long walk back into town.
A record-breaking 94,000 fans flooded into Wembley Stadium for Fury’s homecoming after four years fighting Stateside
The faithful came to the mecca of English sport, Wembley Stadium, to pay homage to the Gypsy King for his latest endeavor
And by the time of the fight, England’s national stadium was well and truly rocking underneath the glowing arch in London
Fury’s first fight in this country after some three years spent campaigning in America and conquering the heavyweight world was the magnet.
Although the minority supporters of his challenger would be able to make it home to south London by dawn on foot, most in attendance had come to witness the return of the WBC champion.
Fury had fanned the fascination by warning of possible retirement from the ring after this fight. Although whether it was to be a wake or a reawakening of yet more ambition, it was the sense of occasion they could not resist.
Rarely a dull moment with their Tyson.
They roared as pictures of his arrival in Wembley lit up the giant screens. There was a barely a ripple as the cameras tracked Whyte along the corridors, although not for any lack of respect.
The Brixton Body Snatcher’s journey to this summit had been as eventful as Fury’s, albeit different in character, and the King had pronounced him a worthy subject. Not that Whyte has faced anyone as dangerous as Deontay Wilder, the dynamite puncher who bested in an epic trilogy.
How threatening he would be to his throne we would discover after the spectacular preliminaries.
Fury hanging ’em up. Not judging by the gusto with which he joined in with the singing of ‘Aint No Stopping Us Now’ from his dressing room as it reverberated from the tannoy.
Whyte, after delaying events briefly, came striding to the ring to the drums of menace and a mixture of cheers and jeers. Clad in black.
A return fit for a king, Fury entered made a typically bold entrance, greeting his loyal fans sat on top of a golden throne
Both the fans and Fury alike roared with excitement, as Whyte paced around the ring, awaiting his impending fate
Fury made the long stadium walk in red and white, to uproar and a rendition of ‘American Pie.’
Welcome back to Blighty was the message, which climaxed in this exhortation: ‘All Rise To The King.’ The congregation complied.
The fight started with Fury on top, as he opened up with orthodox left jabs – not the southpaw stance he had been advertising.
Whyte meanwhile aimed for the body, but Fury got underway with a trio of rights to the head, as he took what was a fairly close opening round.
The second saw Fury come in southpaw, so Whtye switched to orthodox. Fury switched to the left lead to set up a juddering right, where he had brutalized Wilder. Now he was out-boxing his brother Brit in another round he took.
The third round saw much of the same, with Whyte brawling, clinging and continuing to be picked off when at a distance. Fury even had time to continually pull up his ill-fitting shorts.
The fight started tentatively, though it was Fury who undoubtedly got off the quicker – despite Whyte coming in southpaw
Fury quickly gained the authority behind the jab, with Whyte unable to breach his incredible reach as both turned orthodox
But then came the shot that ended it all, the uppercut, which saw Whyte crash to the canvas in an instant, his title shot over
Whyte was floored and hurt badly, and though somehow climbing to his feet, referee Mark Lyson correctly waved it off
Then came the first round which Whyte could argue he won, with referee Mark Lyson lecturing Whyte for butting, but also Fury for wrestling.
Whyte was rightly admonished for using the elbow, while Lyson was forced to break up a street brawl on the ropes. The Body Snatcher went to the head with cracking left which perhaps edged his first round.
The fifth saw Fury starting to open up to body as well as head, claiming his biggest round of the contest so far.
And in the sixth, which proved to be the final round, Fury let a laugh out as he turned Whyte onto the ropes. It was no laughing matter, though, as he then demolished him with an uppercut.
Whyte rallied drunkenly to his feet, but Lyson had no option but to stop it as the delayed effect of that mighty detonation had him falling into the ropes.
Wembley erupted as Fury remained unbeaten, improving his incredible record to 32-0-1 on a stunning night in London
The Gypsy King celebrated, with his WBC crown – and a ‘special union’ strap – aloft on his shoulders after the victory
Fury was joined in the ring by promoter Frank Warren and WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman in the immediate aftermath
Whyte, meanwhile, was given oxygen after he was handed an unfortunate defeat, having been thoroughly outclassed
Re-live Sportsmail’s live blog as Tyson Fury destroyed Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium.