According to boxer promoter Frank Warren, the reputation of Tyson Fury in the United States will not be affected by his grueling 12-round win over relatively unknown Otto Wallin.
However, it remains to be seen whether the deep cut he received above his right eye, and a smaller one on the eyelid, will impact the scheduling of his highly-anticipated rematch with Deontay Wilder. Fury battled through nine rounds with blood continually running into his eye to take a unanimous points decision before being transported straight to the University Medical Centre of Southern Nevada.
The 31-year-old said he had received 47 stitches and doctors had done a ‘fantastic job’. The injury impacted the Mancunian’s ability to execute his game plan as, with the doctor being called to inspect the wounds at least twice, there was a real concern the fight would be stopped and he would lose on a technical knockout.
It was a different kind of show from the one Fury – who beat Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas in June – wanted to put on but Warren insisted it would not have diminished his standing among American fans.
‘It doesn’t affect his standing, how can it? He won the fight,’ said Warren. ‘He won it with a serious injury. ‘I was concerned when the doctor went to the corner a couple of times he would stop the fight – maybe another doctor would have stopped it.
‘The bottom line is Tyson won the fight. He did what he had to do, he hurt him a few times. Wallin was a very credible opponent. ‘All these people, armchair critics and judges, who come out with these various predictions for fights, I have to keep saying to them anything can happen with these big guys and it nearly did again.’
Fury did not attend his post-match press conference as he was immediately whisked away for medical treatment and, while Warren is confident the damage will not affect the proposed February 22 rematch with Wilder, he admits it hinges on how well Fury heals.
‘The doctors here said as much as it was a very bad cut it was a clean cut and doesn’t need micro-surgery inside and it will stitch well so, fingers crossed, it will be all right,’ he said. ‘He said although it was deep they are not hard cuts to sew. He said they should heal pretty well.’
Fury attracted criticism from heavyweight rival and current WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion Andy Ruiz Jr. following his performance in Sin City.
After that performance theres no way he beats me with a hand tied behind his back.
— AndyRuizjr (@Andy_destroyer1) September 15, 2019
The pair had exchanged back-and-forths in the lead up to the Wallin bout, and Fury even entered the ring dressed in Mexican clothing as a tribute to his Mexican fan base ahead of their national holiday. Ruiz Jr tweeted: ‘After that performance theres no way he beats me with a hand tied behind his back.’