Tyson Fury set the course for a long-awaited rematch with Deontay Wilder after beating Otto Wallin on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Manchester's 31-year-old heavyweight outlasted a flat opening, a horrible cut and a fearless challenger to dominate the second half of the 12-round bout, winning a unanimous decision by 116-112, 117-111 and 118-110. Guardian had 116-112 for Fury.)
The crisis came in the third round, when Wallin, a Swedish candidate who came in oppressed for more than 10-1, hit his left hand in Fury's right eye, which opened a big cut. After the round, the Nevada Athletic Commission confirmed that the cut was the result of a punch, meaning that Wallin would be declared the winner by TKO if the ring doctor considered it unsafe for Fury to continue.
Fury survived a series of tough times in the coming rounds while Wallin aimed for the wound, but the Gypsy king took control of the seventh round action and reached the final bell in front of 8,249 spectators at the T-Mobile Arena.
Fury and Wilder have already signed a deal for a rematch of their epic draw last year, but the cut will likely affect the momentum.
More to follow.
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