Tommy Fury recovering in hospital after struggling with ‘extreme pain’ for four years
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Tommy Fury has opened up on his four-year battle with an "extremely painful" injury that meant he was often unable to use his right hand during fights.
'TNT' landed just 39 punches in the six-round contest against KSI, real name Olajide “JJ” Olatunji, but out-landed Jake Paul in every round when the pair met in Saudi Arabia.
With all that in mind, Fury took to social media on Wednesday to speak about his secret struggle with a significant injury.
The younger brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson even claimed he spent the last four weeks of his last camp [vs KSI] training solely with his left hand until fight night.
He wrote on Instagram: "Since 2019 I have been dealing with a hand injury that I’ve never spoken about/shared online.
"Since my third professional fight I have been trying to manage this injury, training and fighting through extreme pain which led me to often not being able to use my right hand at all.
"For the last four weeks of my last camp I trained solely with my left hand until fight night.
"This morning I underwent the surgery I’ve been putting off for years as I know this is the only way my hand will heal and that I can move forward with my boxing career.
"I’m excited for my recovery journey and so ready to be back feeling and giving 100% in 2024."
Fury mentioned the year 2019 in his post, which was around the time he entered ITV dating show Love Island.
This isn't the first time Fury has opened up about his 'secret' injury. Shortly after his majority-decision win over KSI, he told Boxing Social: "‘Listen, at the end of the day, during camp the right hand was out of play for five weeks.
"I’m not an excuse-maker at all, there was a lot going into the build-up with Jake Paul, but did I mention it? No.
"I’m not an excuse-maker but the right hand was out of play for five weeks, anybody will tell you that. I was in the doctors, everything. So a lot went on, that’s why I got a bit emotional afterwards.
"Look at the right hand now, it’s absolutely gone. There was a lot going into the build-up to this but again I overcame it all. It’s all experience, it takes a man with some good mental strength to overcome that.
"At the end of the day, I tried, fought my best and got the win tonight."