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By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport at Las Vegas
Tyson Fury rematch using Deontay Wilder could be delayed as a consequence of the reductions he suffered in defeating on Otto Wallin on issues in Las Vegas, says promoter Frank Warren.
Fury, 31, boxed with cuts around his right eye for over nine rounds and was taken to hospital for surgery.
Warren said Fury’s retrieval timescale might affect the Wilder bout, that includes a provisional period of 22.
“When it does not heal well the battle might have to be pushed back,” Warren explained.
“Hopefully that won’t be the situation. It depends upon how it heals, if it is OK it will not be an issue.”
He included on BBC Radio 5 Live:”It is not merely the battle, but it is the practice and sparring. He has to be 100% correct.”
The February rematch – after last December draw in Los Angeles – appeared ambitious anyway given WBC world heavyweight champion Wilder is only due to fight Luis Ortiz in November.
But the harms Wallin inflicted at the T-Mobile Arena nearly resulted in a stoppage that would have destroyed plans of a replicate fixture by virtue of a punch.
The ringside physician twice called up to the corner of Fury and, as the blood had been drawn by a lawful punch, Wallin could have landed a huge angry.
BBC Radio 5 Live boxing analyst Steve Bunce said the cuts inflicted”were some of the worst I’ve observed in boxing”.
Former world middleweight champion Andy Lee considers a delay to a Wilder bout is unavoidable and advised Live:”We’ll see how the cut warms up, but it is hard to find him fighting in February. That’s one that is going to take six to eight months to cure.”
Speaking from hospital in vegas, Warren added:”We’re awaiting a plastic surgeon to come back and stitch his eye.
“The cut hampered his performance but at the close of the day he awakens. He’ll have micro-surgery about the cuts – one over the eye and one about the eye-lid. It gave Wallin a lot of heart”
Fury did no post-fight press leaving difficult questions to be fielded by trainer Ben Davison as a result of remarks.
Fury’s dad John, who hasn’t been in a position to travel to the US for fights due to past convictions, said his son seemed”weak as a kitten”, including the screen was”the worst I’ve observed from Tyson”.
“It looked like he’d nothing after round two,” he told BT Sport.
“In 18 stone 1, I’ve warned him warned him. He is a fighter that is 19-stone.
“If I had my way, then the whole lot [Tyson’s group ] would be gone. If they keep that team which is going to be his career [gone].”
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Criticism of Fury appears to be harsh given the nature of cuts that compelled him to alter his personality and seek a fast knockout given he was conscious of the concern ringside physicians showed.
His trainer Davison, who has worked with him 2017, told BBC Sport:”If he had been as weak as a kitten he would not have been in a position to perform 12 rounds like that.
“It had been his motor, expertise, strength and dimension which was the distinction. I’m happy.
“John is Tyson’s dad so that you have to honor him. Tyson was feeling prepared. You can’t do anything regarding a poor cut”
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