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“Lucky” Tyson Fury unlikely to be ready for Deontay Wilder in February, according to Eddie Hearn

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Eddie Hearn has labelled Tyson Fury “very lucky” to defeat Otto Wallin on points in Las Vegas, Nevada last weekend.

Fury suffered a nasty cut to his right eyebrow in the third round and a second cut to his right eyelid later in the bout, fighting through a mask of blood for much of the fight.

Matchroom Boxing boss Hearn says Fury was lucky the fight wasn’t stopped due to the severity of the wound, a result that would have seen Wallin awarded the victory by TKO, and has questioned whether he will be ready for a second shot at WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in February.

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“I haven’t seen it, because I was on a plane, but I landed and checked my social media and saw the scores and saw the cut,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “I think firstly he’s very lucky not to lose the fight with that cut.

“I think any other country in the world, they would have stopped the fight. I just think in those fights against that opposition sometimes you don’t get yourself motivated to perform and obviously he didn’t perform at his best, but he had the injury as well and I think you’ll see him perform a lot better against the likes of Wilder and stuff like that.

“I don’t know how long he’s going to be out for. I don’t think he’ll be ready for his February fight, but I don’t think Wilder will be ready for the February fight either, so it might work in their favour. I expect a different Tyson Fury against Wilder, if that rematch gets made.”

Hearn says he hasn’t given up on matching his star heavyweight Anthony Joshua – who faces Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia on December 7 in an attempt to win back his IBF, WBA and WBO titles – with Fury or Wilder in the future.

“Joshua’s fight dates have always been extremely solid and this one, December 7, Saudi Arabia, that’s what we focus on,” he said.

“I hope that Wilder-Fury does get made – it’s a great fight for the division. Two great fighters and I hope that AJ can do the goods in Saudi Arabia and hopefully move on and fight the winner, but right now, all the talking about future fights is out the window. Just pure focus on Andy Ruiz.”

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