Tyson Fury Surgery After Third Deontay Wilder Fight

Otis Adams

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Tyson Fury and Deontay WilderNew York Times

ESPN has reported that Tyson Fury needed a six-hour surgery following his third fight with Deontay Wilder due to an injury prior to the fight.

Fury won the third fight, and so the trilogy between the two heavyweights, though there were two controversial slow counts in which the American Wilder knocked his British opponent down for at least ten seconds. With the help of the referee's slow counts, Fury was able to win in the eleventh round, retaining his WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas.

Fury's father, John Fury, told BT Sport that his son had cortisone injections in both elbows prior to the fight, though Tyson Fury says he still endured "unbearable" pain with each punch he threw. Afterward, he had a six-hour surgery to remove bone spurs.

History will record Tyson Fury as the clear victor in his three-bout series with Deontay Wilder. He managed two knockouts and a draw against the hard-hitting fighter.

There is no word on how the elbow problems might impact Fury's boxing future or potential matchups against fellow UK boxer Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk.

The Independent reported on Monday that Anthony Joshua has been advised to step aside, allowing for a Fury-Usyk matchup. The idea belongs to boxing promoter Bob Arum who wants a title unification bout between Usyk and Fury before an Anthony-Usyk rematch.

Joshua lost to the Ukrainian Usyk in September but the contract awarded Joshua with a rematch that is planned for spring.

In Arum's plan, Usyk would have the larger payday of a fight with Fury and the winner would face Joshua. In the meantime, Joshua would fight someone else while he waited.

The modern heavyweight division has few big names and it is unlikely Joshua will accept the plan to decline the larger payday a Usyk rematch would offer for some hope of fighting for a unified title in the future, along with accepting the risk of losing the fight against that someone else while he waits.

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