ALL THINGS BEING well with the healing process from his eye injuries, Tyson Fury now remains firmly on course for the blockbuster rematch with Deontay Wilder early next year.
The best laid plans can quickly evaporate and come to nothing in boxing and Tyson’s date with the Bronze Bomber might well have had to be aborted had the referee and doctor deemed that the cuts inflicted by Otto Wallin were just too severe to continue.
Now we just need Deontay to fulfil his part of the bargain and come through his proposed final rehearsal against Luis Ortiz ahead of the big showdown.
It was never likely to be quite as straightforward as everyone predicted for Tyson against an unbeaten and highly motivated contender such as Wallin.
The Swede came to fight and seize the moment. He was obviously inspired when the cuts opened up above Tyson’s eye and he did everything he could to force the officials to intervene.
It is an age-old statement, but it is true. One punch can alter the whole landscape in boxing – particularly with the heavyweights – and the shot that split the skin of Tyson above the eye could have seen to it that we had another unlikely heavyweight hero this year.
You could see that Wallin meant business at the weigh-in. He was very composed and not intimidated by the prospect of entering into such a big fight against the No.1 heavyweight in the world.
As it turned out, Tyson clearly won the fight, but he had to do it under extremely difficult circumstances, what with being nearly blind in one eye for half the fight with all the bloodshed.
I admit to having some serious concerns when the referee called on the doctor a couple of times and I was relieved they allowed him to continue. It is not a pretty sight when blood seeps from wounds in fights, but the only danger it presents is when it affects the vision.
A banged up hand or a fractured jaw are far more serious ring injuries.
Fighters are not machines though and Tyson has been in constant training for 14 months, with having to lose all that weight at the start and Ben Davison has done a really good job with him.
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