Tyson Fury has retained his position as the number one heavyweight on the planet, according to Ring Magazine, despite his struggles against underdog Otto Wallin this past Saturday in Las Vegas.
Fury survived a major scare to beat Wallin on points after suffering a brutal cut in round three which left him dazed and bloodied for the remainder of the bout.
‘The Gypsy King’ battled through limited vision and finished strongly against the Swedish southpaw, who soaked up huge punishment and kept coming back for more.
Many critics have argued the fight should have been stopped early as the cut to Fury’s head was worsening, but the 30-year-old showed championship calibre, determination and resilience to remain undefeated.
Fury later confirmed that over 40 stitches were needed to patch up his head and celebrated his victory with beers and roulette.
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The giant Mancunian will now set his sights on WBC champion Deontay Wilder in a blockbuster rematch which is pencilled in for February 2020.
The lineal champ’s significant injury prompted promoter Frank Warren to say a proposed February 22 rematch with Wilder could be delayed if Fury does not heal adequately.
Wilder is set to face Luis Ortiz on November 23 in Las Vegas at either the MGM Grand or T-Mobile Arena. The rematch was initially earmarked for New York, although a late change of plan means Nevada is now set to host.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ will surely look for an early finish to keep him fresh for the proposed super-fight with Fury early next year, but will have to be on top of his game against the 40-year-old Cuban who very nearly shocked the world by giving Wilder a run for his money in their initial March 2018 clash.
The newly published top-10 from Ring Magazine is as follows:
1. Tyson Fury
2. Deontay Wilder
3. Andy Ruiz
4. Anthony Joshua
5. Dillian Whyte
6. Luis Ortiz
7. Alexander Povetkin
8. Joseph Parker
9. Adam Kownacki
10. Kubrat Pulev