Tyson Fury has been”very lucky” to avoid a shock defeat Otto Wallin after suffering a cut that may jeopardise his February rematch with Deontay Wilder, says Eddie Hearn.
Britain’s former world champion fought into a points win over Wallin previous weekend, regardless of sustaining a gaping wound on his right eye in the third round in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
But Hearn believes Fury was fortunate as the referee ruled the cut was brought on by a punch, to avoid a stoppage reduction, along with the Matchroom Boxing boss questioned whether the heavyweight can recover in time to an expected fight with WBC champion Wilder.
“I have not seen it, because I was on a plane, but I landed and checked my social media and saw that the scores and watched the clip ,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “I believe firstly he is very lucky not to drop the struggle with this particular cut.
“I think any other nation on the planet, they would have stopped the battle. I only think in those fights against that resistance sometimes you don’t end up motivated to perform and clearly he did not perform at his very best, but he had the harm too and I believe that you’ll see him perform a whole great deal better against the likes of Wilder and stuff like that.
“I really don’t know how long he is going to be out for. I really don’t think he will be prepared for his February fight, but I don’t think Wilder will be prepared , so it might work in their favor. I anticipate a different Tyson Fury against Wilder, if that rematch becomes produced.”
Anthony Joshua will attempt to recover his world titles live on Sky Sports Box Office, and Hearn hopes his fighter can take on Fury or even Wilder.
“Joshua’s fight dates happen to be exceptionally solid and this one, December 7, Saudi Arabia, that’s what we concentrate on,” he explained.
“I hope that Wilder-Fury does get produced – it is a terrific struggle for the division. Two fighters and I expect that AJ can perform the goods in Saudi Arabia and move on and battle with the winner, but now, all the talking about fights that are future is outside the window. Just pure attention on Andy Ruiz.”