EDDIE HEARN claims Tyson Fury was lucky to keep his unbeaten record against Otto Wallin.
The Gypsy King, 31, was badly cut above his right eye in the third round but battled to a points victory.
3 Tyson Fury survived a scare to keep his world title hopes aliveCredit: Getty Images – Getty
And as Fury targets a rematch with WBC champ Deontay Wilder in 2020, Hearn questioned his motives for facing Wallin.
He told iFL TV: “I was flying back from LA, so I landed and I put it on Twitter and obviously I was like ‘wow.’
“Very lucky to not have his first ‘L’ – not because he lost the fight – but that cut would’ve been stopped probably anywhere else in the world and he would’ve lost the fight.
“I just think that it’s another example of a fight that’s he's not motivated for – I don’t think he really wants to fight Otto Wallin.
"It’s good, he’s making his money – it’s supposed to be an easy fight, but I just think it was a below-par performance.
“Because when Tyson’s at his best he’s on top of his game rather than just 'it’s Otto Wallin', then he ends up getting sloppy.”
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Fury and Wilder have targeted February 22 for their showdown but Hearn thinks the Brit's injuries could delay a bout.
He added: “It was a horrific cut, I don’t know how long he’s out guessing next March-April.
“Then that effects the WBC decision with [Dillian] Whyte and all different things.
"But it might be a good thing for Deontay because if he ever announces his fight with Luis Ortiz, which sounds like November 23, he ain’t going to be ready for February anyway."
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