Tyson Fury has been”very lucky” to avoid a shock defeat against Otto Wallin after enduring a cut that may jeopardise his February rematch using Deontay Wilder, says Eddie Hearn.
Britain’s former world champion battled win weekend, even though sustaining a wound on his right eye at the third round at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
However, Hearn considers Fury was lucky as the referee ruled a punch had caused the cut to avoid a stoppage loss, along with the Matchroom Boxing boss asked whether the heavyweight can recuperate in time to an expected second fight with WBC champion Wilder.
“I have not seen it, because I was on a plane, but I developed and assessed my social websites and saw the scores and watched the clip ,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “I believe firstly he is very lucky to not drop the fight with that cut.
“I think any other country in the world, they’d have stopped the battle. I just think in these struggles against that resistance sometimes you don’t end up motivated to do and obviously he didn’t perform in his best, but he had the trauma as well and I believe that you’ll see him perform a good deal better against the likes of Wilder and stuff like that.
“I don’t know how long he is going to be out for. I don’t think he will be ready for his February fight, but I do not believe Wilder is going to be prepared for the February fight , so it may work in their own favor. I anticipate another Tyson Fury from Wilder, if this rematch becomes made.”
Anthony Joshua will try to reclaim his world titles live on Sky Sports Box Office, and Hearn expects his fighter can take later on on Wilder or Fury.
“Joshua’s battle dates have always been exceptionally solid and this particular one, December 7, Saudi Arabia, that’s what we concentrate on,” he explained.
“I hope that Wilder-Fury does get made – it is a wonderful fight for the division. Two good fighters and I hope that AJ can perform the goods and hopefully move on and fight with the winner, but now, all the talking about potential conflicts is out the window. Only pure attention on Andy Ruiz.”