Britain's Tyson Fury overcame an early cut over his right eye to win a majority decision against his gutsy Swedish opponent Otto Wallin in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Fury was expected to cruise against his underdog challenger, but was forced to battle through the bloody cut and a relentless Wallin to maintain his unbeaten record.
The judges scored the bout 16-112, 117-111 and 118-110 in favor of Fury, but there were moments when he faced real danger.
Wallin struck Fury with a left hook in an early round to open a bloody gash that had to be tended to for the remainder of the night.
"It was a great fight, I got caught on the eye and that changed the fight," Fury said in a ringside interview.