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Tyson Fury paid touching tribute to his opponent Otto Wallin after his dad passed away earlier this year.
The Swede Wallin pushed Fury all the way to the scorecards and gave him a huge scare at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night.
Fury was cut by his opponent and taken further than many expected in what looked to be a routine fight on paper.
What a fight!
12 rounds of two heavyweights banging it out :punch:
Get on your feet and applaud both Tyson Fury and Otto Wallin for the heart they showed :clap: #FuryWallin pic.twitter.com/3TeYMnx2c6
- Boxing on BT Sport (@BTSportBoxing) September 15, 2019
Wallin revealed in the build-up that his dad Carl died of a heart attack and this bout against Fury was his first without his dad present.
And Fury showed his class in his post-fight interview, saying: "I want to say a big congratulations to Otto and rest in peace to his father.
"I know he'd be very proud of that performance he just give. He's a great Swede - the Viking warrior."
Fury suffered a nasty gash above his right eye in the third round that almost forced the fight to be stopped.
But he held his nerve and ended up winning a comfortable judges' decision before turning his attention to a rematch against Deontay Wilder in February.
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."
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