The sight of blood can cause a person to react in abnormal ways.
Some get angry. Some get scared and squeamish. Some don’t blanch.
In Tyson Fury’s case, the sight of his own blood had him a tad worried and also concerned.
The lineal heavyweight champion heavyweight from Manchester, England made sure there were no hiccups in his quest to secure a proposed rematch with Deontay Wilder next February. Fury handled Sweden’s Otto Wallin, winning a unanimous decision Saturday night in front of an announced crowd of 8,249 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to remain undefeated at 29-0-1.
Fury was ahead on the judges’ scorecards 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112.
A cut over Fury’s right eye in the third round worsened with each passing round and Fury, who appeared to be either distracted or troubled by the blood, fought with a renewed sense of urgency as the fight neared the halfway mark.
“It was a great fight,” Fury said. “I got cut earlier on the eyelid and changed the fight completely. I couldn’t see out of the eye and there was a lot of clashes.
“It is all heart and determination. If I can keep going I will keep going. He’s a tough guy. I hit him with some chin shots and some body shots and he kept coming. He’s 6-6 and undefeated but tonight I was the man.”
Fury’s promoter Bob Arum said the cut caused some anxious moments.
“It was really dramatic,” Arum, the Top Rank chairman, said. “That cut was caused by a blow, not a head butt and if they stopped the fight, he would have lost.
“So Tyson was fighting out of desperation. He couldn’t see out of his eye. If that fight gets stopped, his plans are derailed.”
But Fury got through it as he handed Wallin his first loss in 21 fights. However, he’ll have to perform better against a rematch with Wilder. Fury was sloppy at times and left himself wide open for counter punches. Wallin wasn’t able to capitalize and you can bet that Wilder will not let him off the hook when they square off again.