British lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury defeated unbeaten Otto Wallin last Saturday in their heavyweight boxing fight that took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Fury was able to win the 12-round bout on points even though he suffered a cut above his eye as early as the third round of the fight.
“It was a great fight … For a majority of the fight I couldn’t see out of my left eye,” Fury said. Fury entered the fight with 29 wins, in which 20 were won by knockouts. On the other hand, Walin entered the fight with 20 wins in which 13 were knockouts. “I did everything I could. I tried my best. Tyson is a great champion,” Wallin said.
After Fury conceived a cut above his eye as a result of a punch he started switching his game offensively to try and force the stoppage. Fury refused to stop the fight after bleeding severely from the cut in order not to jeopardize his unbeaten record and lineal heavyweight championship status. It is worth mentioning that Wallin was playing the match just a few months after his father, who introduced him to the sport, passed away. Fury congratulated Otto after the match by saying in a statement to ESPN,
“I want to say big congratulations to Otto, and my thoughts are with him after the loss of his father. He would’ve been proud of what he just did. He showed a lot of heart.” Fury’s win in Las Vegas was a unanimous 116-112, 117-111, 118-110.
Fury rushed to the hospital post-fighting
Tyson Fury was not able to attend the press conference which was held in Las Vegas after the match as he had to be taken to hospital. Post-fighting Fury mentions “I haven’t seen the cut, it feels quite bad, but I’m the Gypsy Warrior. It’s all heart and determination. If I can keep going, I will keep going. He was 20-0 didn’t know how to lose but he does now.” Fury finished the fight with his white shorts stained in blood, with a large gash above his eyebrow and a smaller one in his eyelid. Fury suffered from trickling blood through ought the fight.
Tyson Fury rise to lineal heavyweight champion
The 31-year-old British professional boxer won many titles including unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO. Moreover, he earned lineal heavyweight champion after defeating world champion Wladimir Klitschko. As of June 2019, Fury is ranked the world’s best active heavyweight by The Ring magazine. Fury’s career was full of success but also troubles including being stripped of his IBF title after breaching his contract and not meeting the terms due to suffering from mental health issues, alcoholism, and recreational drug use which made him gain a lot of weight.