Tyson Fury landed back in Manchester sporting a huge scar over his right eye – but insists he will be fit to face Deontay Wilder .
Fury suffered a huge gash in the third round of his hard-fought points win over Otto Wallin on Saturday night.
The Brit was checked twice by the ringside doctor but was allowed to continue and later received 47 stitches at hospital.
Fury is due to face heavyweight world champion Wilder for a second time on February 22, assuming the American beats Luis Ortiz in November.
Fury arrived in the UK on Monday wearing a pair of sunglasses and bright pink shorts as he joined the taxi queue at the airport.
On Sunday he had said: “I'm ready for war. I think it was just over 40 stitches inside and out with both the cuts.
“Listen I'm all right. It's boxing. You can't go swimming and not get wet. It's the fight game.”
Fury's promoter Frank Warren also sounded a positive note.
He said: “The doctor said it was a clean cut so it doesn’t need microsurgery inside and he said it would stitch well.
“Fingers cross it will be alright.”
But Warren has urged his fighter to take a break from training and ensure he is optimum shape for the highly-anticipated rematch of their dramatic December draw.
“He has five months until February and we will see what happens,” he said.
“Of course he does need a rest because he has been in camp for a year.
“He has a cut, he can’t train with a cut. All he has got to do is maintain a decent weight to work on for when he can be in the gym back sparring.
“It won’t stop him running, it won’t stop him doing other things.
“He needs a rest, he needs a break with his family. He will have a couple of months off and three months to prepare for the fight.”
Fury owes much to Mexican cutsman Jorge Capetillo who dealt with the injury between rounds.
Capetillo said: “That was probably the worst cut I've ever seen in my years of doing cuts.
“But I knew the capacity of Tyson, I knew his experience and his will to fight so I knew I had to get it right, put my job on the line and get the work done so he could continue fighting and not get stopped.
“I was surprised that the doctor didn't stop it because it got really bad.
“But I was just doing my best to keep it clean and try to prevent the blood from pouring into his eyes.
“Thank God I did that and the doctor gave us the green light so he could perform.
“We knew that round by round he was going to chop him up.
“I've been doing cuts for 10 years now. Since he came to Vegas he asked me to do the cuts and I'm very grateful for that.”
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