Tyson Fury faces the excruciating prospect of having the most gruesome of his two eye cuts slit open again if it proves he needs plastic surgery.
Promoter Frank Warren has “put a Harley Street specialist on stand by” to examine Fury on Tuesday following his flight home from the bloody scene of his dramatic victory over Sweden’s Otto Wallin.
“Should Tyson need a surgical incision to make sure he heals properly then the sooner it’s done the better,” says Warren.
Fury is scheduled to meet WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder back here in the MGM Grand Garden on February 22.
That rematch of their epic clash in which Fury climbed semi-conscious from the canvas to salvage the draw which preserved both their unbeaten records is expected to be worth up to a hundred million dollars.
Warren says: “Five months might seem a long time but the cut in the eyebrow is so serious that he won’t be allowed to do any exercise whatsoever for at least two months.
“If all goes well, that would just give him time for his 12-week training camp. We don’t want to push the date back unless we have to but the most important thing is that Tyson is perfectly healed and fully prepared for that fight.
“Once his treatment has been decided he needs as much rest as he can get at home with his family.” Fury assured the BBC that he will be ‘ready for war’ in February and got up in the early hours of Sunday morning to win $5,000 in a casino and have a few beers.
Whether or not that was said tongue in bruised cheek – and there were no reported sightings of him on the Strip – a respite will also allow for contemplation of his father John’s televised tirade in which he blamed Tyson’s failure to stop the gritty Wallin more on his team than on his son being largely unsighted in his right eye from the third round on by blood pouring from his wounds.
Fury needed a total of 47 stitches in the cuts to his eyebrow and eyelid when he was rushed to the hospital immediately after keeping his lineal world title by unanimous decision.
But his father called for him to sack all his team, including head trainer Ben Davison who has been widely praised for overseeing Tyson’s massive weight loss following his return to the ring after an absence of almost three years.
Fury Senior is banned from travelling to the US because of his criminal record but insists he knew ‘something was wrong in the training camp’ and that Tyson’ came in too light this time, adding: “He’s a 19-stone fighter now he’s matured at 31, not 18 stone and looking weak as a kitten.”
He is urging Tyson to go back to training for his old strength and power, not “a body beautiful.” Fury is unlikely to jettison Davison – who says “sometimes you can’t win even when you win” – but they may well look at tweaking some of their methods and adjusting targets.
An even more important underlying worry is how Fury will react to a spell of enforced inactivity. He has credited his recovery from mental health issues including chronic depression to the twice-daily training regime which he maintains in or out of pre-fight camps.
It will be a challenge for him to adapt his mind to being physically idle but Warren says: “He has to focus on the benefits of taking it really easy. Fortunately, there are huge incentives for him to be right on the money for the Wilder fight. I’ve told him that he needs to slow down for a bit and also think about his busy schedule of public appearances on the road.”
Whatever the issues behind the scenes, it must be all hands on deck to help Fury resist relapsing into his old binge, booze, and weight ballooning lifestyle.
That would be a greater disaster by far than the one he averted in the ring here by dint of courage and resolve as the blood pouring so freely down his face impaired his vision.
Wilder, before taking too much heat from the heavy blows Wallin landed, might reflect that it is the punches a boxer does not see coming which inflict the most concussive harm.
The Bronze Bomber also needs to concentrate on avoiding against the dangerous Luis Ortiz in November the shock defeat which threatened Fury every time the referee called the ringside doctor to examine his cuts.
Tyson bravely played his part on Saturday night. Now it is up to Wilder to fulfill his end of a hugely enriching bargain.