Tommy Fury’s doctor has leapt to his defence after he pulled out of his fight against Jake Paul with a broken, insisting he takes ‘100 per cent responsibility’ for the Love Island star’s withdrawal.
Fury had been preparing for his grudge match against the YouTuber on December 18 before being forced to call it off after suffering a broken rib and a chest infection – with the fighter widely mocked on social media after the Fury family had made several boastful remarks about how easily he would beat the American.
Tommy – the brother of heavyweight world champion Tyson – said he was devastated to cancel the bout, and his medic Usman Sajjad revealed he begged to carry on with painkiller injections.
Tommy Fury’s doctor has defended the fighter after he pulled out of his fight with Jake Paul
Usman Sajjad said he was to blame for Tommy’s withdrawal and said he could have faced a ‘medical emergency’ if he fought on
Sajjad backed Tommy despite many calling him ’embarrassing’ for pulling out against the inexperienced social media star, saying he faced ‘a medical emergency’ had he gone ahead.
‘Tommy was desperately wanting to fight,’ Sajjad explained on Instagram.
‘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.
He said Tommy begged him to carry on despite suffering a broken rib and wanted injections
Paul led the taunts towards the Love Island star on social media having withdrawn with less than two weeks before the lucrative bout
‘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.’
Some boxing fans accused Fury of being ‘scared’ to face Paul in the lucrative bout amid fears he could damage his and the family’s reputation by losing to him, but Sajjad said the fighter was struggling with a chest infection that was worsening – before he picked up ‘multiple fractures’ in his ribs after a tough sparring session.
‘What had happened was he had a chest infection the week before,’ he added. ‘He was on appropriate treatment for that, antibiotics and what not.
Fury had made several boastful remarks towards Paul but his doctor said there was no way he could have gone ahead with the fight
‘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.
‘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.’