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Doctor Says Tommy Fury Injuries Would Have Been Life Threatening If He'd Ignored Advice To Fight Jake Paul

Ryan Sidle

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Doctor Says Tommy Fury Injuries Would Have Been Life Threatening If He'd Ignored Advice To Fight Jake Paul

Tommy Fury was so desperate to fight Jake Paul he was happy to defy medical advice, before being stopped by his doctor who claimed injuries could have ended up being life threatening.


On Monday it was confirmed that Fury was having to pull out his bout with Paul, in the most well publicised fight between two novices in the history of the sport.

Paul called his rival boxing's 'biggest b***h,' whilst his older brother Logan, himself no stranger to over hyped circuses, said it was no surprise Tyson Fury's brother had pulled out of the encounter.

From his side, Tommy, the former Love Island star tried to show off the x-ray of his broken rib to prove that his issues were 100% legit, and that claim has now been backed up by his medic Usman Sajjad, who revealed the boxer wanted to carry on regardless.

"Tommy was desperately wanting to fight," Sajad took to his Instagram story to explain.

"He [Tommy] said 'give me an injection a week, we're going to do whatever it takes.'

"But I had to say, 'no - this could be a life threatening thing.' 

"There was a risk of Pneumothorax (collapsed lung), if you get tapped there during training or the fight that's a medical emergency.

"You'd be short of breath and it could lead to a cardiac arrest."

Whilst the Pauls were suggesting that Fury just didn't fancy the fight, Sajjad said he was happy to take all the blame that the fight was off.

"Tommy was desperate on fighting," the medic added, "'And you need to realise these fighters are not robots, they're human beings and going into the ring with a broken rib, I'd rather go into the ring with a broken hand.

"I take 100 per cent responsibility for pulling him out and I'm sure his dad does as well.

"We made the decision as a team - I gave my medical report, the scan findings and his dad pulled him out."

Whilst showing off his x-ray, the 22-year-old, whose brother had jokingly said a week before Tommy could beat Paul with a broken rib, also revealed his issues with a chest infection.

His doctor also confirmed how much the medical issue had made him suffer, "What had happened was he had a chest infection the week before.

But he was coughing and it was made worse, but then he improved, I assessed him two Thursdays ago and we had a strength and conditioning session where he was fine.

"There was no tenderness around the sixth or seventh rib region and then he had a sparring session the next Monday.

"It was a tough sparring session, so I was asked by his dad to go up and assess him.

Fury will not be having his hand raised next weekend. Image: PA Images
Fury will not be having his hand raised next weekend. Image: PA Images

"So I get there and there is a bit of swelling and tenderness in that region but I didn't suspect there was a fracture at all, even though he was in a lot of pain. 

"So I thought it was best for him to rest from training, but he then reports that symptoms are worsening over a couple of days, he's vomiting, in more pain.

"We managed to get him a private MRI scan on the Thursday, he had that done on December 2 and it shows multiple fractures, cartilage damage as well, in the sixth, seventh and ninth ribs."

Fury is hoping he can have his fight with Paul re-arranged in the future, but the American has claimed he's not interested in helping his rival.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram

Topics: Boxing, Tommy Fury, Jake Paul

Ryan Sidle
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