Bloodied Fury beats Wallin on points
Tyson Fury was forced to overcome a terrible cut above his eye to defeat Otto Wallin in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The former world heavyweight champion Fury won via unanimous decision at the T-Mobile Arena but needed to dig deep when he was badly bloodied and thrown off his stride in the third round.
It was a punch in the third round that drew blood above the eye and Fury displayed greater urgency when officials began to show concern, switching from patient boxing to planting his feet in a bid to land heavy, destructive shots.
The sixth round was a nightmare for Fury – he was twice clocked while off-balance, and wiped his bloodied eye at every opportunity. He had to convince the ringside doctor who inspected the injury that he was fit to continue.
Fury landed his best two punches, both big right hands, in a chaotic seventh round where the pendulum swung back in his favour.
The judges scored the fight 116-112, 117-111, 118-110 in Fury’s favour.
Tyson’s father, John Fury, after the bout said he was “proud” of his son for “how he mauled his way through”, but also claimed changes needed to be made to the fighter’s preparation and team.
“It’s the worst I’ve seen from Tyson,” he told BT Sport Box Office.