Tyson fury preserved his defeatless record after beating Otto Wallin tonight in Las Vegas. The Gypsy King had a lot of troubles while doing so, and it was apparent that Wallin is a much better fighter than anyone expected.
The Brit had to battle not only the big guy from Sweden but a nasty and horrifying cut above his right eye, which created him a lot of trouble. The doctors near the ring were checking it from time to time, and there was a possibility that the match might be stopped. However, Fury’s stubbornness and his fighting spirit pushed him all the way towards another win.
After 12 rounds of a big rumble at the T-Mobile Arena, all three referees gave the win to Fury, 116-112, 117-111, 118-110.
— Harry Zahn (@harry_zahn) September 15, 2019
Following the match, Tyson Fury declared that he was a better fighter tonight, but also, that Wallin is a great fighter who didn’t have a single loss up until tonight.
“A good 12 rounds, he was tough. It’s all heart and determination if I can keep going, I will do. He was 20-0, didn’t know how to lose, but I was the better man,” stated the lineal champion, also expressing his condolences to the Swed because of his fathers’ death.
“Congrats to Otto — and God bless his father and let him rest in peace,” Fury said. “He would be very proud of Otto’s performance. The Viking Warrior!”
Wallin opened the match better, with a strong left hand which troubled his opponent throughout the entire contest. Fury’s longer reach was not allowing for Wallin to come closer, but every time he had a chance to strike, or once he avoided the jab, the left hook was there.
But as time went by, Fury found a formula for Wallin, forcing the Swed to go backward. That nasty cut came in the third round, and that was the moment when Fury saw that Wallin wasn’t just an ordinary fighter. On the other side, the Swedish fighter received a boost of morale.
Huge cut opens over Tyson Fury’s right in the 3rd round.
The cut was caused by a punch so if the fight is called off it could be a TKO victory for Otto Wallin. pic.twitter.com/efvpUiHVMN
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“I tried to hit it even more,” he said about the cut. “I know it was a punch that did it. I was happy that he was cut, but I wish I could have put more pressure on it.”
Following a timeout in the fifth round when the ref wanted a medical check on Fury’s eye, the champ became more aggressive as he knew that at one point the fight might be stopped. He had to knockout Wallin soon enough; otherwise, the defeat would be near.
In the next few rounds, Fury was dominant all over the ring, and Wallin’s face was becoming more and more swollen. The blood coming out of the Irishman’s cut painted his trunks, and it only pushed him forward, as a constant reminder that the official might end the fight. Still, Wallin was standing on his feet, despite all the hard punches landed upon him.
“It was a good performance. I got a good 12 rounds in. It was a great fight. I got cut [in the third round] on the eyelid and changed the fight completely,” Fury said about his problem.
— ESPN (@espn) September 15, 2019
Fury’s record is now 29-0-1, and according to his words, the next target is Deontay Wilder and the rematch with the Bronze Bomber.
“Deontay Wilder, I want you next, bum! It is all preparation,” Fury said. “I had a long time out of the ring, [but] next is the big boy, the big ‘Bronze Bomber’ on Feb. 22.”
In the meantime, Wilder has his rematch with Luis Ortiz on December 1.