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Tommy Fury’s doctor has come to the defence of the boxer by insisting he takes “100 per-cent responsibility” for pulling him out of the fight against Jake Paul.
Fury, 22, was all set to fight the YouTube and TikTok star on December 18 but pulled out earlier this week due to a broken rib and a chest infection he suffered during sparring.
The Love Island star was mocked for withdrawing despite begging the American not to withdraw only days before.
But medic Usman Sajjad, who also acts as the doctor for Tommy’s brother and World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury, revealed that the younger Fury was eager to carry on with painkiller injections despite the risk of “cardiac arrest”.
Speaking on his Instagram page, Sajjad said: “Tommy was desperately wanting to fight.
“He 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.
“Tommy was desperate on fighting, 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.”
Fury was brutally mocked by Paul following the announcement that he would be pulling out, with the controversial 24-year-old claiming Fury had “never really wanted” the fight.
But Sajjad revealed that Fury in fact suffered multiple fractures to his ribs and had been vomiting.
Sajjad added: “What had happened was he had a chest infection the week before. He was on appropriate treatment for that, antibiotics and what not.
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“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.
“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.
“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.”
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