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Tyson Fury survived a huge scare to beat Otto Wallin in controversial fashion in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The 'Gypsy King' had blood streaming from above his eye after an accidental clash of heads in the third round of the bout at T-Mobile Arena.
Fury was troubled by the deep gash above his right eye for the rest of the night but held on racked up his 29th professional win.
It was a tougher night at the office than most predicted for Fury as he was caught repeatedly by the determined Wallin.
Ringside doctors checked on Fury's cut during the sixth round and let the fight go on and the Manchester heavyweight began to seize control.
He came on strong in the final few rounds as Wallin faded after a strong start which had Fury and his camp worried.
Fury was given the unanimous decision 116-112, 117-111 and 118-110 on the judges' scorecards a immediately turned his attention to a rematch with Deontay Wilder.
Fury said: "I got cut early on but I am a gypsy worrier and this is Mexican independence day - viva Mexico.
"It's all heart and determination. If I can keep going I will and I was the better man tonight.
"It was a good performance. I got 12 rounds in against a tough Swede. Deontay Wilder, I want you next.
"The big dosser is next on February 22. I'll let the cut heal and get some time with my family."
The 31-year-old was wearing Mexican colours to celebrate their independence weekend and looked relaxed in his dressing room before the bout, dancing while wearing a sombrero.
He even broke out into song on his way to the ring before getting down to business and being made to sweat by Wallin.
And the boxing public are crying out for a rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Wilder next time out.
Fury and Wilder fought to a thrilling draw in Los Angeles last December with the Manchester man climbing off the mat in the final round.
Since then he beat Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand and now made light work of Wallin.
Wilder has made one further defence of his WBC strap, knocking out Dominic Breazeale at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
A potential Fury vs Wilder rematch has been mooted for February, but before the Wallin fight the 'Gypsy King' said he has no interest in the American yet.
Speaking in the build-up, Fury said: "I'm not concentrating on Deontay Wilder at all. It was a great fight we had in 2018 but that's history now.
Sharpening his tools one last time :punch:- Boxing on BT Sport (@BTSportBoxing) September 15, 2019
Tyson Fury hits the pads with Ben Davison ahead of his fight with Otto Wallin...
The Gypsy King gives us a glimpse at his Mexican-themed attire as well :flag_mx: pic.twitter.com/1jaj93NjgN
"I'm not interested in Deontay Wilder one bit, I've got Otto Wallin to think about then I'm going to get smashed in Las Vegas with all the Mexican people.
"Then you might have to scrape me off the road if I get run over when I'm drunk.
"I might have a lot of cuts and bruises by the time February comes so we'll worry about that when it arrives."
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