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25th Sep 2019

Tyson Fury’s cut against Otto Wallin a wake up call ahead of Wilder rematch

Wayne Farry

Andy Clarke explained the long-term effects of that brutal gash to Fury’s forehead

This week on TKO, Chris and Carl were joined by Sky Sports commentator Andy Clarke to reflect on a dangerous weekend for Tyson Fury in Las Vegas, ask what the long term effects of his cut will be, and Carl has the latest on his return to the ring and the state of his left hand after his accident in Philadelphia.

The panel discuss how Otto Wallin was an unknown quantity before his fight with Tyson Fury, and the mocking he received on social media from those who’d never heard of the fighter before.

“I don’t know a lot about this guy, I can’t really judge him,” Frampton admitted.

“But my impression was it was just another fight for Fury before the (Deontay) Wilder fight. But obviously he was a lot better than I thought.”

While stating that the assumption Wallin would be a massive underdog was a “sensible response if you haven’t heard of someone”, Clarke defended the fighter.

“Just to write someone off on the basis you hadn’t seen them, it just doesn’t make any sense at all. I didn’t expect him to beat Tyson Fury, but I just knew he was a lot better than Tom Schwarz,” said Clarke.

“As soon as he (Fury) got cut, it just changes everything. For two reasons, firstly it was really bad. There was the blood in the eye and the discomfort. Even for someone as experienced as him.

“Secondly because it was a punch. If it’s a head clash you get through four rounds and then you look to get it stopped. As quick as you can. But because it’s a punch – if it gets stopped, you’re gonna lose.”

Fury would go onto reportedly receive almost 50 stitches to the cut above his eye received during the fight – by far the most serious wound within the ring .

He is now on course for his long-awaited rematch with Deontay Wilder in 2020.