Fresh off of his grueling Saturday night battle against unheralded Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin, former Unified Heavyweight champ Tyson Fury returned to the U.K. Monday morning still wearing dark sunglasses to cover the nasty gashes over his right eye.
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Fury suffered a horrible cut to his right eyebrow from a straight left hand by Wallin in the third round of their 12-round battle at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Saturday night. At some point later in the third or fourth round Wallin also cut fury on his right eyelid.
Fury bled tremendously from both cuts throughout the remainder of the fight, but valiantly battled on, out punched and wore down Wallin, especially as the fight entered the late rounds. Fury used his superior conditioning and experience to survive and score a unanimous 12-round decision to remain unbeaten at 29-0-1.
Fury skipped on the post-fight press conference and headed to the local hospital emergency room in Las Vegas to have 47 stitches put in the cut on his eye brow and the right eyelid.
Fury’s U.K. promoter, Frank Warren, said Sunday evening that they believe that the cuts will not need further surgery and should be able to heal over the next few weeks.
Fury’s unbeaten record was saved in large part by his cutman, Jorge Capetillo of Mexico, who repeatedly worked on them from the end of the third round on to stem the blood flow. Capitello told the media that he believed it was the worst cut he had ever dealt with in his ten years involved in boxing,
“That was probably the worst cut I’ve ever seen in my years of doing cuts.
“But I knew the capacity of Tyson, I knew his experience and his will to fight so I knew I had to get it right, put my job on the line and get the work done so he could continue fighting and not get stopped.
“I was surprised that the doctor didn’t stop it because it got really bad. “But I was just doing my best to keep it clean and try to prevent the blood from pouring into his eyes.”
Fury is still hopeful that he will be ready to go for February 22nd, which is the date he has a signed agreement with WBC heavyweight champ, Deontay Wilder for their rematch. Wilder is slated to have a rematch of his own, first, against Cuban Luis Ortiz in late November.
Wilder and Fury fought a wild draw in December of 2018. While behind on all three scorecards, the champ scored a 12 round knockdown of Fury which resulted in a 10-8 final round and saved him from losing his title on decision that night in California.
There have been reports that Wilder and his promoter, Premier Boxing Champions maybe looking to buy their way out of the February rematch date with Fury. Speculation is that Wilder wants to potentially fight PBC promoted fighter, Andy Ruiz, instead. That is, if Ruiz successfully defends the unified heavyweight belts in a rematch of his own against England’s Anthony Joshua on December 7th in Saudi Arabia.
Further, it’s also obvious that in addition to the serious questions about the cuts being fully healed, etc., the fight Saturday where Fury had to “scrap for his boxing life” against a lightly regarded Swedish fighter in Wallin raised more questions about Fury.
Warren stated the short term plan for Fury,
“He has five months until February and we will see what happens He has a cut. He can’t train with a cut. All he has got to do is maintain a decent weight to work on for when he can be in the gym back sparring.
“It won’t stop him running, it won’t stop him doing other things.
“He needs a rest, he needs a break with his family. He will have a couple of months off and three months to prepare for the fight.”
For now, Fury gets to enjoy his victory and hope that those nasty cuts do heal and don’t jeopardize his own side of the February contractual showdown looming, if Wilder wins over Ortiz.