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Otto Wallin: ‘There’s a reason Tyson Fury’s world champion’

Otto Wallin
Otto Wallin takes on Dominic Breazeale over 12 rounds in Uncasville, Connecticut this Saturday

When and why you started boxing:
I started boxing at 15. I was drawn to it because my father and brother used to box.

Favourite all-time fighter:
Muhammad Ali. He wasn’t only a great fighter but he was also a great person who always stood up for his beliefs.

Best fight you’ve seen:
Ali vs George Foreman. Ali was a huge underdog but fought a smart fight and won by KO to become world champion once again after some difficult times.

Personal career highlight:
Fighting as a pro in my hometown of Sundsvall in Sweden for the first time in April 2017. Performing in front of my friends, family and hometown fans was a great experience.

Toughest opponent:
Tyson Fury has been my toughest opponent so far [l ud 12 – September 2019]. He’s a good fighter and a world champion for a reason.

Otto Wallin
Fury is badly cut against Otto Wallin Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
My best attribute is that I’m always trying to develop. As for my flaws, I want to keep them to myself!

Training tip:
No matter what you do, you have to be consistent to become good at it. It takes time and effort to master anything.

Favourite meal/restaurant:
My favourite meal is a good steak with fries and Bearnaise sauce.

Best friends in boxing:
My trainers, Joey Gamache and Rune Fog Brix, and my managers, Zach Levin and David Berlin.

Other sportsperson you would like to be:
My childhood idols were the ice hockey player, Peter Forsberg, and the soccer player, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Last film/TV show you saw:
I’ve recently discovered an American show called Survivor that I’m becoming obsessed with.

Who would play you in a film of your life:
Dolph Lundgren!

Have you ever been starstruck:
Yes, when I went to see Mike Tyson make a speech when I was living in Copenhagen in Denmark.

Last time you cried:
On my birthday in November when my girlfriend gave me a big framed picture of my late dad and me.

Best advice received:
Always give it your all.

Worst rumour about yourself:
I don’t know. Ask around and dig something up!

Something not many people know about you:
I love playing golf. Unfortunately I don’t have enough time to play much, but one day I’ll be a real threat!

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