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“There’s Not That Many Blood Vessels There”: Boxing’s Legendary Cutman Explains Tyson Fury’s Injury and Its Impact on the Oleksandr Usyk Fight

Published 02/06/2024, 7:50 AM EST

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Finally, it took a cut to stamp out the ‘Ring of Fire’. Tyson Fury received an injury above his right eye during a sparring session. He was preparing himself for the upcoming legacy-maker with Oleksandr Usyk. However, the injury was grave and demanded immediate medical attention, including stitches. Talks are there by the truckload over the injury. But what are the views of those who have dealt with such wounds for decades?

Jacob ‘Stitch’ Duran is a known face in boxing. Over the years, he’s built a solid resume, standing by the sides of legends. The list includes the likes of the Klitschko brothers, Andre Ward, Chris Algieri, and even Tyson Fury. His role as a cutman in the ‘Rocky’ and its offshoot ‘Creed’ series made him a household name across the United States. Speaking with FightHype, ‘Stitch’ Duran explained the intensity of the injury Tyson Fury sustained.

Reviewing ‘The Cut’ of the Year: Jacob Duran

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After exchanging initial pleasantries, the channel’s reporter asked Duran’s thoughts on the injuries. “Now I do have to ask because there’s this cut that stopped the boxing world, and I have to get your expertise the Tyson Fury cut. I mean, it wasn’t really too much; we can see besides a little bit, but just what’s your expertise on the cut?” He asked.

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From the shots of the cut that came up, Jacob Duran mentioned that he could make out why Tyson Fury appeared wide-eyed. However, he opined that the sparring should have been suitably stopped. Then ample time should have been given to ‘The Gypsy King’ for recuperating.

Yeah, you can see a lot, you know. I mean, I can see a lot, you know. He he was up like this, so the cut was open, so it was open, so normally it would kind of be in this position, but yeah, they should have rightly stopped it, you know, and uh, and give him time for it to heal and then come right back,” said ‘Stitch’.

Then Jacob Duran further explained that the particular area where the cut occurred lacked sufficient blood vessels. So in the scenario where the injury is thin and sliced, the blood eventually runs down from the side downwards. But for that to happen, the bleeding should be high. However, his experienced eye could foresee that it usually doesn’t happen that way.

Jacob Duran said, “Yeah, but you know I I I did an interview before run and there’s not that many blood vessels up there, so even though the cut is thin and slice the blood would more likely come down to the side if it did. If it bled a lot, but it wouldn’t bleed a lot.

The reporter wanted to know whether the current and past cuts that Fury received over his fights could have an impact on the fight with Oleksandr Usyk.

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Jacob Duran replied by saying much about the scarred tissue. In the end, ‘The Gypsy King’ would come out fine. “Now you know people talk about scar tissue, but that was different than the other one that he had, so now he just being at the wrong place at the right time, and you know everything’s timing, so you know I think he’ll be okay.

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So in the end, it’s nice to hear from an expert that Fury should be back in top shape. The fight, however, has a new schedule. It will take place on May 18. However, there are pre-conditions to reconcile with this time, in case either ‘The Gypsy King’ or Oleksandr Usyk thinks of pulling out of the fight.

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What’s your take on Duran’s review of Tyson Fury’s injuries? Please share your views with us in the comments below.

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