The table has been set for Otto Wallin (20-0, 13KOs, 1 NC) to attempt to dethrone a heavyweight kingpin. The Swede will take on Lineal Heavyweight Champion, the one and only Tyson Fury (28-0-1, 20KOs) on Saturday, September 14th in Las Vegas, Nevada at the T-Mobile Arena. Many expect that this will be another walkover for Fury. His last few “warm-up fights” have raised some eyebrows and this one is no different. Current odds have this fight at Wallin +1000 and Fury -2500 at the time this article was published.
Fury has given hope to those who have stepped away from the sport of boxing and wondered if they could ever make a comeback. His transformation in such a short time and then his ability to go the distance with one of the hardest punchers in the history of heavyweight boxing in December 2018, was merely incredible. Since then Fury has taken a step back in terms of level of competition. Although he was able to dismantle Tom Schwarz in just under two rounds, his team has stated he will not look past an undefeated Wallin as he possesses some of the qualities needed to prepare Fury for a rematch against Deontay “ The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (41-0-1, 40KOs). Fury is looking to have fun versus Wallin and wants to fight “Mexican Style” in honor of Mexican Independence day.
On the other side of the ring is relatively unknown, Otto Wallin, who has been dreaming for a fight of this magnitude since he was 15. He knows the skills of Fury, but is confident that his work ethic will get him the win. Wallin has had some issues securing big fights and his last right with Nick Kisner ended early due to a clash of heads in the first round. However, he has sparred some of the best heavyweights of the world including Kubrat Pulev, Adam Kownacki, Jarrell Miller, and former champion Anthony Joshua. Some see Wallin as having an inflated ranking and a low risk for Fury, yet Team Wallin is ready to shock the world.
Interestingly enough there will also be a “belt” on the line for this fight. A Mayan belt will go to the winner as a trophy and to recognize their accomplishment. We all know that Fury is the clear favorite, but heavyweight boxing, more so than any other division, can truly change with just one punch. Wallin should use his reach and build to keep his distance from Fury; however, that is easier said than done. On the other hand, I think Fury should use this for more training and to test the distance of Wallin as it will resemble what he will face in 2020 against Wilder. Don’t end it to early and get some rounds under his belt. With all that said, I expect Fury to win by TKO stoppage in 6 rounds or less.