Las Vegas, September 15
Tyson Fury overcame a bloody cut over his right eye to pound out a unanimous decision over Sweden’s Otto Wallin and set up a lucrative heavyweight rematch with Deontay Wilder.
Fury remained unbeaten in 29 fights and retained his claim to the lineal heavyweight title against a fighter who was little known but gave the big Englishman all he could handle.
With blood streaming down his face, Fury dominated from the middle rounds in what was supposed to be little more than a tune-up fight for his scheduled February rematch with Wilder.
He was a 30-1 favourite at the fight time, but after being cut in the third round had to dig deep to pull out the win on Saturday night.
The three ringside judges had Fury winning by scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112. The Associated Press had Fury winning 116-112.
“It’s all heart and determination,” Fury said. “If I can keep going, I keep going. Otto is a great Swede, a Viking warrior.” Fury was cut over his right eye in the third round, and it clearly bothered him as the fight went on. Blood flowed down the right side of his face and stained his trunks, and Fury kept wiping at the cut to try and keep the blood out of his eye.
Referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight briefly in the sixth round for the ringside doctor to look at the eye. On resumption, Fury fought at a quicker pace. — Reuters
The judges gave Tyson Fury a 118-110, 117-111, 116-112 win over Otto Wallin. Reuters